This Comment Page is presented in anticipation of our next CoC Meeting on Monday, April 21st which will discuss various homeless needs highlighted at our Community Meeting this month. We invite you to share your thoughts and ideas with us concerning any one of the following topics (or others): bus passes, homeless camps, transitional housing, affordable housing, drop-in resource center, single point of contact, deposit guarantee program, foreclosure counseling, inclement weather planning. Simply fill out the form below and click the submit button. You may post new thoughts or ideas in response to other comments.
April 9, 2008 Robin Glasco of the Shasta Community Health Center Commented: I will be out of town on the 21st so this is a great forum to offer my input. Thank you. I think we have a comprehensive list of priorities and can't think of others at this time. All are important however, from my perspective, the Drop In Resource Center is a high priority as it would provide a critical point of contact for homeless individuals to access services and information. I think it may aid in eliminating redundancy of services and increase collaboration and partnerships. With that, case management to connect with other resources and to keep clients on the path to housing is a must. Lastly, the youth outreach is important. Homeless youth are out there and I worry that we are not reaching them.
April 10, 2008 Kevin Marshall of the Employment Development Department Commented: I agree with Robin that a Drop In Center or Day Resource Center would be invaluable. It would be a resource to the homeless community and to the providers as well. It could be a central point of contact that I think is missing in our community. Yes a homeless person can go to any of a myriad of programs and shelters, but how do they know which one is going to be the right one for them and their particular needs. A Day Center would be a focal point for various services to be provided and it would benefit everyone.
April 17, 2008 Jennie Neal of Independent Living Services of Northern California Commented: I will not be able to attend the meeting on the 21st. In my years of assisting consumers to help find affordable housing we have definitly found that the most difficult project in getting people into housing is having both the 1st months rent and the deposit at the same time. So, therefor I would have to go with the Deposit Guarantee Program and the other one is Affordable Housing if they can't afford it why put them in it. The next one that I would suggest is the Re-entry Services because without the services they keep going back to prison with no one to assist them in staying focused on moving forward with their lives.