Homelessness - Perspectives, Stereotypes, and What Really Makes a Difference

September 29th,2023 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Kurt Crays, MDiv., CFRM

Homelessness - Perspectives, Stereotypes, and What Really Makes a Difference


According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), rapid re-housing is an intervention, informed by a Housing First approach that is a critical part of a community's effective homeless crisis response system. Rapid re-housing connects families and individuals experiencing homelessness to permanent housing through a tailored package of assistance that may include the use of time-limited financial assistance and targeted supportive services. A dedicated coalition of public and private partners is making homelessness rare, brief, and one-time. They keep youth out of foster care, rapidly move families with children out of homelessness, and support chronically homeless individuals in permanent housing while saving money. This collaboration shows the effectiveness of Housing First principles. Let's talk and keep the conversation going!


Location: Jefferson Educational Society - 3207 State Street, Erie, PA 16508

Date/Time: Friday, September 29 at Noon

Admission: FREE, optional $5 boxed lunch (please pre-register 48 hours in advance for lunch) 

Parking: lot behind building, State Street, 33rd Street, 32nd Street, French Street

Kurt Crays, MDiv., CFRM

Kurt B. Crays, MDiv., CFRM, is an experienced fundraising professional dedicated to supporting non-profits that make a positive impact worldwide. Currently serving as the Executive Director at Erie United Methodist Alliance (EUMA) for nine years, Kurt previously worked in grant development for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in Baltimore and as Director of US Advancement for World Relief in Chicago. With a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Kurt is committed to serving the local population and those experiencing homelessness at EUMA.