The best long-term solution to homelessness is permanent supportive housing distributed throughout the region. We have been pressing the State and County to do their fair share. But there are no easy solutions to homelessness; we need to be open to all possible solutions. That is why, at Kate’s urging, Council established a City-sanctioned encampment on Grayson Street, with sanitation, social services, strict behavioral rules, and parking for RVs. The City’s first sanctioned encampment allows our unhoused neighbors to live in dignity, not be required to exit shelter each day and return at night, and be provided with housing and social service supports.
Kate is also:
- Supporting our “good neighbor” sidewalk policies to reduce objects accumulating on neighborhood streets while diverting homeless into clean-up jobs in lieu of citations
- Requesting that mental health services and foot and bicycle community police patrols be provided Downtown
- Expanding the number of court-supervised mental health placements
- Continually advocating for adding toilets, hand washing stations and RV pump out facilities
- Working to offer available shelter to and disband dangerous encampments