karen white 
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Re: “Homelessness, Caltrans, and the East Bay's Forgotten People

I agree Albany City Council's policy of first providing no support for their unhoused population and sending them to the Bulb was bad policy. Even worse policy was spending several hundred thousand dollars to make them move, and stayaway, to create yet another sterile waterfront dog and people walking park. This has only contributed to the concentration of homeless camps in neighboring cities, like Oakland and the need for CalTrans to clear out people, their possessions and tbeir waste.

A win-win for all residents housed and unhoused would be to create a stable, self governing "Dignity Village" where basic water, sanitation, hygiene and garbage collection are provided. This would allow houseless residents to meet their own basic needs, and prevent the "filth" that others have referred to, at lower cost to taxpayers than current sums. Criminalizing and vilifying houselessness is the most costly and ineffective solution. Whereas, providing the basics to keep a stable encampment clean and safe (including jobs for houseless residents not CalTrans workers) seems like a solution for many of the currently unhoused and the surrounding housed neighbors.

Posted by karen white on 08/23/2016 at 8:19 AM

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