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Council Approves Super Agency of Homeless Support


Thursday, October 25, 2012
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A new streamlined super agency designed to cut through bureaucratic red tape and more efficiently direct resources to Santa Barbara’s chronically homeless almost got snagged in four months’ worth of additional red tape as the City Council debated small but politically volatile wording differences in the new entity’s mission statement. Eventually, the council approved the formation of the Central Coast Collaborative on Housing, which will fuse many of the existing homeless advisory groups and put no less than nine elected officials on its board of directors. The annual budget for the new organization is $250,000, and the council voted to kick in $75,000.

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I'm wondering how to help a person with mental health issues the person does not want to deal with, who is homeless by choice or by being disabled by his/her personal issues and just doesn't care enough about themselves to get help? He/she is depressed and feels hopelessly lost.

Dotio (anonymous profile)
October 25, 2012 at 3:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just be there for them.

Byrd (anonymous profile)
October 27, 2012 at 1:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It would be a blessing to those that are chronically residentially challenged if only the new super agency could actually cut red tape nested of just adding another layer of bureaucracy onto of existing bureaucracy.

Most homes are investable to the general public and do not fit the stereotypical, drunken bum, image. That is so often the only homeless that get social programs. Most people want to help elevate the suffering of the homeless amongst us. However the reality is that it is the homeless that are not so enviable get all the attention and support services. Cases in point were the national survey two years ago. It was full of good intentions and was conducted by well intending people that shared the information with cities and counties. In Goleta the survey inspired the city too aggressively go after the homeless that were surveyed chasing them off their encampments where they were living peacefully on privet property out of the public view. To add salt to the wounds the deputy sheriff claimed it was his full time job to beat the bushes to dislodge homes from Goleta called himself a community service officer. I don’t know what community he thought he was serving all he accomplished was to dislodge the homeless from out of sight location and deposited them on the streets where they became eyesores for the rest of the city. If any one remembers how the city of Santa Barbara responded to those that resorted to sleeping in their cars; They called all the homeless to meetings at the Faukner Gallery on the auspices that they wanted to help them but instead the city put up no overnight perking signs at all the locations the homeless revealed that they where sleeping in their cares at. Yes there was a lot of press about safe parking but what happened is that the safe parking program was cut in half the first year and greatly reduced since then. Mean while all the no-overnight parking sighs are still up. Don’t get me started on the warming centers that serve to keep homeless perpetually homeless.

It is great that the new bureaucracy will have a budget of $300,000. But will there be any accountability? Who will keep tract of the outcome? Let’s see how many chronically homeless they actually find housing for in a years’ time.

chas93101 (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2012 at 6:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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