ENCINITAS, Calif – Encinitas Metropolis Council on Wednesday unanimously permitted a protracted sought-after plan to attach a few of its most susceptible residents to housing and well being care choices in a bid to deal with the signs of homelessness.
The town’s Homeless Motion Plan is the results of a course of that started in October 2019 to higher perceive the wants of the homeless inhabitants. It lays out a “group pushed method” to make the most of accessible sources to cut back the variety of folks with out housing whereas growing short-term and everlasting housing choices, the plan reveals.
All members of council, together with Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz — who opposed the Secure In a single day Homeless Parking Program final 12 months — had been in assist of the plan and its suggestions.
Drafted along side San Diego-based consulting agency LeSar Growth Consultants, the plan has three major objectives for town within the coming years. They’re:
- Ending homelessness by way of a collaborative, group pushed method;
- Lowering the variety of folks experiencing homelessness with a “demand-driven, person-based” response; and
- Rising availability of interim and everlasting housing.
All three objectives embody an inventory of motion plans, together with two paid metropolis positions and increasing secure parking packages.
It was permitted following a contentious public remark session, throughout which some residents argued that the plan in the end would appeal to extra homeless folks to the group. With 80 unhoused folks within the metropolis as of a January 2020 rely, opponents say current packages aren’t being totally utilized.
“The Metropolis appears to gravitate in the direction of never-let-a-good-crisis-go-to-waste principle, and if there isn’t a disaster, they create one; this time it’s homelessness,” Encinitas resident Cindy Cremona mentioned.
However supporters say motion is, in actual fact, wanted, and people experiencing homelessness want extra assist.
“Whether or not you or metropolis council thinks homelessness is a really small drawback or a really huge drawback we nonetheless want a plan,” Encinitas resident Bob Ayers mentioned.
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