As a community member your input regarding future decisions regarding housing and homeless services is vital to effective change and implementation of new programs and services. The Homeless Coalition is conducting this survey to gain your input with regard to the issues, which will be discussed during week July 22-26, 2012 at our community Charrette.
Community based surveys are essential to vetting issue areas. Deciding which issues are covered in the Charrette is one of the most important decisions for the community. While there are an abundance of issues which are possible discussion topics – considering the many contributing factors toward homelessness – having only 2 days to hold fishbowl sessions allows time for only 6 topics to be discussed. Below are a few things to consider while deliberating the issue areas, the ones that require the most attention and community process.
While almost everyone working on the issue of homelessness recognizes and agrees that more affordable housing is needed. A more specific topic would be how to provide permanent supportive housing to people who experience chronic homelessness or are otherwise vulnerable because of untreated addictions and mental health.