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Homelessness Study Session Agenda?

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2019 12:33:00 -0700

Hello Council and Staff,

Is there a planned agenda for the Study Session on Homelessness? If not, I
like to suggest the following:

1) What MP has done/is currently doing. That would include the homelessness
services that we've recently contracted with Samaritan House for (housing
relocation and stabilization services, financial assistance and housing
stability case management) and services with Project WeHope for mobile
showers, laundry, restrooms and case management. I see recent Community
Funding Agreements for these services that are both dated February 12,
2019. I also see one with Rebuilding Together for the purpose of making
repairs for low-income households. Yesterday, I also found a MP 2015-2023
Housing Element Report
<http://www.hcd.ca.gov/community-development/housing-element/docs/menlo-park-5th-adopted041414.pdf>that
includes details related to homelessness. An update on the status of
report's recommendations/action items would useful.

2) Best practice from other cities and San Mateo and Santa Clara County
approaches. I see the San Mateo County Ending Homelessness report
<https://hsa.smcgov.org/sites/hsa.smcgov.org/files/HomelessReport_Final.pdf>and
the City of Palo Alto's
<https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/52172>Community
Plan to End Homelessness that includes the Santa Clara County Report on the
same topic. In a prior email, I send a link to the Institute of Local
Government/League of California Cities 2018 Homelessness Task Force Report
<https://www.ca-ilg.org/sites/main/files/htf_homeless_3.8.18.pdf>that also
contains useful information. There may be other such reports.

3) MP's plans to join regional efforts, if they exist.

4) Perhaps non-profits with expertise in the area could also speak.

5) As a resident, I would also like tips as to what I can personally do to
help. We might also ask what residents know about additional services
related to ending homelessness in our city. For example, I attend a local
church that annually hosts a rotating homeless shelter (for two weeks) as
part of the broader Home & Hope program. Our local faith community might be
doing other things that contribute to solving this problem. Being aware of
these activites might encourage more community volunteers.

6) Actionable next steps from the meeting. One hour is not enough time for
this topic, so I realize that the agenda will be limited. I don't think it
will be helpful to have the meeting focused around hearing complaints about
the homeless. I also suggest additional meetings that focus on different
aspects of the solution.

Lynne Bramlett
Received on Mon Mar 11 2019 - 12:29:25 PDT

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