Ocean County’s homelessness issue will be addressed during an outdoor rally and festival hosted by a social service group in Lakewood next month.

The tent city impasse makes Lakewood the de facto epicenter in Ocean County’s homelessness standoff. So the Jackson Kiwanis Club is holding a rally for the homeless in Lakewood’s town center on Sunday, April 22nd. Club President Larry Meegan says the event will address multiple aspects of homelessness.

“This will be composed of forums to help the homeless to understand safety issues. It will also provide forums for the people who advocate for the homeless. We’re also going to have some seminars for government officials to see how programs in other locations in the state have been successfully run.”

Meegan says Other activities will include health screenings, grooming stations, voter registration, musical entertainment and a time to recognize the groups who have helped the homeless in the past.

The free four-hour event starts at 12:30 p.m. It will conclude with a discussion of ending homelessness as a social justice issue and a Q&A session with the homeless and public participating.