[Hpn] Homeless hearings
Thu, 2 Jan 2003 11:32:06 -0500
The Associated Press
Thursday, January 2, 2003
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- The City Council will take aim at homelessness
Tuesday when it again looks at its contributions to a countywide five-year
strategic plan on homelessness.
The plan is designed to make a dramatic cut in the problem by 2008.
Among the plan's goals is a significant increase in affordable housing
targeted at the homeless, and better coordination of care for people with
mental health and drug problems. The plan also will try to cut in half the
number of low-income residents who become homeless each year; cutting in
half the number shut out of emergency shelters; and ensuring that 10 percent
of homeless people each year get jobs that pay a living wage or better.
Mayor Emily Reilly said the council will review the broad plan and "try to
pick some priorities, and make sure were not letting funding or services
slip through the cracks." She also said the council must focus on a few
specifics because the economy is likely to be "dismal" next year.
"Without new revenue what's the point?" said Vice Mayor Scott Kennedy. "The
plan doesn't break down the different objectives according to what they
would cost nor does it indicate where to get the money."
Paul Brindel of the nonprofit Community Action Board, which provides shelter
and other services for the poor, said the plan is "not just to get the
money. It is pretty much an inventory of resources and where are the gaps."
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