Some people will spend the night at the City-County Building to help bring attention to the problem of homelessness. The "Sleep In for the Homeless" is sponsored by the Community Human Services Corporation. Donations for the event are expected to help about a thousand homeless people in the form of emergency shelter, food and medical support.
State Senator Jane Orie is chairing the event. She says during the night, several people who overcame homelessness are expected to talk about their experiences and share poetry. Orie says many people have misconceptions about the homeless. She says especially in this tough economy, many people are trying to find jobs and just can't. She also says homelessness is a problem among veterans, young people and victims of domestic abuse.