Faces & Voices of Recovery is partnering with A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), the Sober Living Network, and the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR) to host a Community Listening Forum on recovery housing – residences for people in early or long-term recovery. Join us to make our voices heard, raise issues of concern and develop support for action to make it possible for more people to find safe, sober and supportive places to live.
When: June 9, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30a.m.
Where: Loyola Marymount University's Ahmanson Auditorium, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, California 90045
To register, please visit http://www.tinyurl.com/LAHousingforum
People in early recovery have a number of issues to face – one of the most important is finding a safe and affordable place to live. We will address a number of issues related to housing for people in recovery, including:
- The role of housing in supporting and enhancing recovery
- Barriers to housing because of a criminal justice history
- NIMBYism (Not-in-my-Backyard) restrictions on recovery housing
- Availability of housing for women with or without children
- Funding for recovery housing
- Housing for people in medication assisted recovery
The forum will be in an open dialogue/town hall meeting format. Approximately twenty people will speak for five minutes each about their experiences with recovery-oriented housing issues. They will share their lived experiences to help educate the public and policymakers about the role of housing in finding and sustaining long-term recovery. Speakers will address a Listening Panel composed of policymakers; state, municipal and federal agency officials; and community leaders, including:
- Councilmember Richard Alarcón, Los Angeles City Council (invited)
- Susan Burton, Founder and Executive Director, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project
- John Viernes, Director, LA County Department of Public Health Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (invited)
- Thomas Freese, Ph.D., Director, Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (invited)
This format allows traditional "experts" to listen to and learn from the real experts – people in recovery, their family members, friends and allies. After the testimonies from speakers, the Listening Panel members will respond by addressing themes and issues raised by the speakers. Faces & Voices will transcribe the forum and prepare a report based on the information gathered. Members of the media are also invited to attend the forum.
We invite you to participate. We are looking for attendees and speakers from all walks of life who are:
- Alumni and current residents of sober living facilities
- Parents and family members of people in or needing recovery and housing recovery support
- Recovery housing support service providers
- Experts in addiction, mental health, and co-occurring recovery