The Knox Waldo Homeless Consortium will hold a day-long conference reinforcing collaborative efforts to eradicate homelessness in the two counties on Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland.

Richard LeMieux, author of the book “Breakfast at Sally’s: One Homeless Man’s Inspirational Journey,” will be the keynote speaker. LeMieux was once a wealthy publishing executive living in a huge beachfront home with boats, cars and “all the toys a man would want.” At the age of 59 his fortune dramatically reversed. His business went under and he lost everything. Destitute, he plunged into a debilitating depression and lost his friends and family too. His story is like so many other homeless Americans’ stories and the struggles homeless individuals go through on a day-by-day basis.

The agenda for the conference includes representatives from key organizations sharing their experiences and knowledge about homelessness. Participants will include:

• New Hope for Women on “Domestic Violence and Homelessness.”

• General Assistance, from the Department of Health and Human Service, on “What to Expect from Town/City General Assistance.”

• Community Housing of Maine on “Housing Efforts with Community Housing of Maine.”

• Penquis on “The Limitations of Section 8.”

• Sweetser on “Common Mistakes in Applying for BRAP and Shelter Plus Care Subsidies.”

• Preble Street Homeless Shelter on “Innovations at Preble Street Homeless Shelter.”

• Hospitality House on “A Single Shelter for Knox and Waldo Counties.”

• President and founder of ESM on “Mental Health and Homelessness.”

Nancy Fritz, appointed Maine’s first director of homeless initiatives by Gov. John Baldacci in 2005, will wrap up the day with closing remarks. Fritz serves as the governor’s primary liaison on homeless issues and is a member of his Cabinet. Her position is funded by MaineHousing, where she also serves as director of the Homeless Initiatives Department.

Lunch is included and registration is required as space is limited. Priority for attending will be given to the homeless consortium partners in Waldo and Knox counties. The agenda and registration forms can be found at penquis.org or by contacting Pinny Beebe-Center at 974-2435 or pbeebe-center@penquis.org.