by The Lawrence Times

Justice Matters will host its annual Action Assembly on Sunday, calling for a boost to the elder care workforce and an end to chronic homelessness in Douglas County.

“These initiatives represent significant challenges facing our community, and Justice Matters is committed to advocating for tangible policy solutions,” according to a news release from the nonprofit organization.

Justice Matters, a nonprofit coalition of faith-based groups and neighborhood networks, “will call for a commitment from county leadership to champion a local workforce development collaboration,” according to the release. The goal is to address a shortage of staff needed to provide care for Douglas County seniors.

“Justice Matters will urge the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the enrollment of scholars in the program by 2025 to ensure a sustainable solution to this pressing issue,” according to the release.

The group is also advocating for the full funding and implementation of the city and county strategic plan to end chronic homelessness.

“By rallying support from city and county leaders, Justice Matters aims to address the root causes of homelessness and provide long-term solutions to ensure every individual in our community has a safe and stable place to call home,” according to the release.

Douglas County Commissioners Shannon Reid and Patrick Kelly and Lawrence City Commissioner Brad Finkeldei are planning to be in attendance, according to Emily Fetsch, lead organizer.

The event is set for 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive. It’s free to attend and open to the public.

“Justice Matters looks forward to welcoming members of the Lawrence/Douglas County community to this impactful event as we strive to create positive change together,” according to the release.

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