REPORT: Homeless Services Consortium Meeting – February 5, 2013
By Ronnie Barbett
The Homeless Services Consortium keeps getting better and better! There was a full room of concerned individuals present at this gathering. The homeless issue is not being ignored, and the proof this time came to us in a video documentary worthy of everyone’s attention. The documentary on youth homelessness, presented by the homeless youth advocacy group Make Room For Youth (MRFY), was captivating in such a way as to convince the viewer to join their cause…looking out for today’s youth. There is a need for more funding to cover our most prized possession, and this must be a priority.
The organizations that serve the needs of low-income and homeless citizens were seemingly all there, working on any new and existing problems of the homeless that are present in and around this great city. One problem that exists is when the city finds the unattended belongings of a homeless person and takes possession of them, and this was addressed at the meeting by Police Chief Noble Wray. He presented a proposal that consisted of a monetary amount to compensate a person’s loss of valuables, and the consideration of procedure for the city to store found items. Chief Wray was kind enough to ask for the Consortium’s input on everything in his proposal. He listened, he took notes.
Overall, the meeting was extremely productive. More on this topic will come later. If you would like to know more about Make Room For Youth (MRFY), and perhaps donate to this worthy cause, you can find them on Facebook or contact them by email.