Collin County Homeless Coalition holds summit

The first annual Collin County Homeless Summit took place on Nov. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Collin College Central Park Campus Conference Center located at Community Avenue and Taylor-Burke in McKinney.

The goal of the summit was to raise awareness about homelessness in Collin County during Homeless Awareness Week.  City Councils in Plano, Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Wylie issued proclamations acknowledging the week and the need for awareness.

The Collin County Homeless Coalition held the summit to bring together businesses, faith-based organizations, school districts and homeless shelters.

McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller opened the summit with a welcome and Plano City Council Member Rick Grady was the scheduled Keynote Speaker.

Grady said in three of the county’s school districts, there are about 1,800 kids either “sofa-surfing,” which he described as living on friends couches, or on the streets. The coalition’s chairman says there could be hundreds more homeless people in Collin County they don’t even know of, making it more important for organizations to communicate to make it easier to help them.

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