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Re: “Berkeley City Council to Consider Four Different Plans to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

This article is very misleading because it lacks detail.
At the end of the day there are some very obvious reasons why the proposal does not adequately address the problem.
1.) Homeless people were not included in the discussion or development of this proposal. IT is all based on assuming what homeless people want and not the reality of need.
2. It is ridiculous to continually speak of building shelters and not low income or no income housing.
3. This proposal is an expansion of the homeless services industry. It only provides some with very temporary escape from the sidewalk. What it does do is create more paid staff positions none of which are available to the homeless
4. The dollar amount spoken of is above and beyond what is already being spent mainly on providing temporary or emergency shelter
5. In a scathing critique of the pathways proposal it is clear that homeless people are not going to voluntarily be warehoused in a koncentration kamp setting
6. The City in a sideways manner admits there is no funding source for this proposal. It is all a wish and a prayer
7. There is no location that has been identified or committed to this proposal

Posted by Sam Spade on 06/27/2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Council to Consider Four Different Plans to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

They do not address the number of houseless folks, which usually number in the hundreds or thousands. According to an article in dailycal.org, Berkeley has 664 homeless residents, living on the streets. none of those plans shelter all of them. if you are only going to shelter a few, create actual housing.
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/05/29/berkeleys-homeless-population-nears-1000-homeless-shelter-crisis/

Posted by Bertha Pearl on 06/27/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Berkeley City Council to Consider Four Different Plans to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

Forgotten in all the hubbub of these plans is the fact that there is no dialogue about creating low-cost housing in the city of Berkeley. None of these programs address that.

We at "first they came for the homeless" believe that all these programs are set up and designed to fail. Any money that is spent on anything other than housing is a waste of money.

So, while we applaud the city of Berkeley for at least addressing the problem, these programs are far, far short of what is needed to combat the situation of being unhoused.

Posted by Freeman Sullivan on 06/27/2017 at 7:11 AM

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