Richards Center Dedication and Homeless Memorial Day
The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless (WCH) acquired the old Naval Reserve building under Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act-surplus federal property program. The WCH, a non-profit advocacy and empowerment agency, renamed the property The Richards Center and it will be used for homeless services in Cheyenne. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held December 20.
Cheyenne Mayor Jack Spiker reads proclamation
Governor Dave Freudenthal and Mayor Jack Spiker proclaimed December 21, 2005 as Homeless Memorial Day for the State of Wyoming and the City of Cheyenne. The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless (WCH) sponsored the annual winter event at the State Capitol. Memorial services were held for persons who have died homeless during the year and to bring special focus on homelessness. HUD Regional Director John Carson announced a grant of over $243,000 for programs that serve the homeless in Wyoming.
WY HUD Director Chris Stearns, Regional Director John Carson, Dick Loseke and Mike Stanfield
After the ceremony, HUD presented Dick Loseke, Board Chairman and Executive Director Mike Stanfield of the Cheyenne Housing Authority a symbolic check for $32,398 to assist public housing residents with supportive services and assistance in becoming self-sufficient.