The Knox County Homeless Coalition invites landlords and property managers from Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties to an educational discussion about Section 8 and the struggle to find affordable housing, in the Midcoast. The event will be held at Nativity Lutheran Church, 179 Old County Rd., Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.

This gathering will give those attending the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of subsidized housing for landlords. It will also provide a venue to ask questions and engage in general discussion about how to create more affordable housing for low-income tenants. Refreshments will be provided.

There is a huge need for affordable housing in the Midcoast. Families often lose housing for reasons beyond their control — for example, the death of a spouse, an illness, a property being sold, or job loss. When this happens, it can be very difficult for families with limited incomes to find new homes. The Knox County Homeless Coalition would like to work with landlords to break down the barriers to affordable housing.

It can do this by providing education about low-income tenants, by negotiating with Maine Housing about code requirements, and sometimes even by paying for repairs or renovations, in order to get a potential Section 8 property approved. Our ongoing work with clients, through case management and our aftercare program, also can provide a layer of support for landlords who work with us.

For questions regarding the Nov. 10 event, call Helen Rogers at 390-1619. For general questions about Knox County Homeless Coalition programs and services, call the main number, 593-8151.