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To address the issue of homelessness in Racine, the Continuum of Care for the City and County of Racine is hosting a community discussion from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at Gateway Technical College, 1001 S. Main St. in the Racine Building.

The purpose of the meeting is to involve the community in the strategic planning process to address the issue of homelessness and homeless prevention in the area.

“This is the first step of our journey together as a community to address some very crucial questions about homelessness,” according to the group’s website.

The need for the discussion was highlighted after the Hospitality Center announced that it was closing its doors for good.

The Hospitality Center, 614 Main St., runs an emergency overnight homeless program that served 110 people this winter and despite having raised almost $47,000, it will close for good this spring, said Rev. Kevin Stewart.

Housed within St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the program is run by volunteers and donations. The overnight program accepts people who are hungry and have no place to go during the coldest times of the year. But Stewart said the plan is to pull the plug on the overnight program as it operates now because he needs a different facility, and funds to pay and train staff to run the program.

Here are several stories we’ve covered on this issues.

Despite Raising $47,000, Homeless Overnight Program To End

Editorial: What A 19-Year-Old Taught Me About Homelessness & Mental Illness

Helping The Homeless: An Uncomfortable And Complex Reality

An Evening At The Hospitality Center

Planning Underway for Permanent Solution for Hospitality Center

Hospitality Center Donations $46,274.68 & Counting

Overnight Shelter Ends this Weekend at Hospitality Center

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.