The local Circles of Hope initiative is sponsoring a panel discussion on
housing issues from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the First United Methodist Church, 801

N. Main St., Newton. The event is free and open to the public.

Panel members – to include tenants, landlords, realtors and other community representatives –
will discuss their challenges and their hopes on issues that pertain to providing adequate housing
for all citizens in Newton and North Newton.

Circles is hosting this panel as a precursor to a longer-running community roundtable on
housing issues this fall. Circles is only getting this action started; the roundtable will become an
independent community action group. Tuesday’s goal is to shape future roundtable agenda.

Circles is sponsoring programs on housing based on the key values of the ReNewton project, a
guide for community decision makers. Nearly 87 percent of respondents to a 2010 City survey
believe the City needs to address housing issues.

Some of the questions for the panel will include:

What is the biggest challenge you face in your particular role in the housing arena, and
what do you want others to know about that challenge?

How would you like the Community Roundtable this fall to address the housing
goals stated in ReNewton?

What one sign of hope do you see within Newton and North Newton that
indicates to you that housing issues are being addressed adequately?