Helping the Homeless; Advocates, Protesters, and Service Providers Come Together

Aug 10, 2021

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On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, a gathering to address homelessness took place in Sioux City. This meeting came about after protests following the removal of a camp near 4th and Wesley Parkway just outside of downtown.

Sioux City Community Inclusion Liaison Semehar Ghebrekidan moderates meeting on homelessness
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All sides brought their concerns to city hall with a dialogue between advocates and professionals tasked with helping the homeless.

Sioux City’s new Community Inclusion Liaison Semehar Ghebrekidan moderated the conversation.

One of the vocal participants today is local advocate Trisha Etringer; she is the Director of Operations for the Great Plains Action Society and a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.  

Director of Operations/Great Plains Action Society -Trisha Etringer
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Information shared at the meeting will be used to potentially change policy in Sioux City, including giving the homeless more time to disperse from a camp. Current city policy allows for 24 to 48 hours.

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