Wednesday November 9th Neighborhood Meeting at Stony Point
Introduction and Welcome: Mary in English and Spanish
Outlined the journey of FUMC in their outreach to support those experiencing homelessness.
- 100 people at Spirit Cafe
- safe parking.
- Nomadic Shelter
- Good relationships formed with Catholic Charities
- started to see things differently.
- Started to think about our space and how we can help those experiencing homelessness.
Slide Show Norm Hardin
Tom Schwedhelm Vice Mayor
- Retired chief police dealt with that experiencing homelessness from police perspectives
- Now seeing things from a different point of view.
- Catholic Charities and police started working together.
- Saw things were not solved in the Council meeting.
- Functional zero means providing housing within 30 days.
- Clean Start Shower program used as an engagement practice.
- Question? What am I doing about problem? Less pointing fingers at others.
- Community wide response, “How can we be effective together?”
- Homelessness not a criminal issue.
- Became part of the Homeless Collective.
- Declaring Homelessness as an emergency has helped clear the way for action.
- We are all the same.
- We can do it.
Jennielynn Holmes Catholic Charities
- Originally had stereotypes of homelessness- got to learn the stories and found fascinating people.
- Trying to create hope for those who are feeling hopeless. Look past the chaos to some hope. Opportunity for people to move along.
- Housing cures homelessness. Interim step like FUMC mission can get folks linked up to services.
- This FUMC project allows people to be found while waiting for permanent housing and access to site counseling.
- Great need to create such a successful program along with housing production.
I've been homeless, now a home owner. Will people at FUMC transitional community be willing to receive help?
- HOST team linkage, folks will be actively looking for housing,
- Already have housing subsidy.
What about other sites?
- City looking an inventory. Some properties not ADA compliant. City can't do it by itself. FUMC will be the model program.
- Some parks explored- but they are public spaces. Hard to schedule services.
- Tiger Salamander habitat (federal law) can be an issue
Safe Parking from whom?
- Police don't always honor parking sites.
- Jennielynn to follow up with police.
CHAP what is it?
- Mechanism that council set to allow safe parking and camping be expedited quickly.
- Tailored to individual sites.
What about if folks just show up for parking or camping?
- Catholic Charities know who is registered in the program and staff deal with those who just show up for either parking or camping. 24hour support staff available.
I support the CHAP program. Seems to be extremely slow progress on housing. Will CHAP be a cheap solution. What is SR doing for housing?
- City has a 'housing action plan'. $3m to promote building.
- Priority is housing for all.
- Market rate and affordable housing plans often stopped by neighbors. NIMBY
- This is the most reactive I have seen the City Council on any issue.
School Counselor expressed some students concerns about walking to and from school across FUMC land.
- Important to educate children to new adults to the neighborhood.
- Could we perhaps provide morning monitor to help walk children.
- Continue conversations between FUMC and staff at school.
- HOST teams will be there.
- Example of conversations around the SAY dream center. How can we make you feel at ease?
Kalane Raposa told his story outlining how his moving to a safe camping situation and his support from HOST teams eventually supported his move to permanent housing and a full time job as a HOST outreach worker. Much applause followed.
What could happen in a safe transitional program?
- Someone experiencing homelessness will not be placed in a program, like this at FUMC, who is unable succeed.
- Most need someone to believe in him/ her.
- Don't paint all folks with the same brush.
What will this do to area home values?
- Unsure –
- However unsupervised folks will cause more trouble.
Will there be onsite supervision?
- Catholic Charities doubling present supervision.
- HOST team through the day and night,
- 24/7 phone number.
- Residents of Transitional Community often first callers because they want to protect property and program.
Will homeless folks hang out here? Could they be around our students?
- This was our first concern at Catholic Charities when we started the Safe Parking.
- Historically that hasn't happened.
- CC would rectify issue. Use law enforcement or HOST teams. 24 hour support available.
How do you monitor safety in the neighborhood? How do you evaluate' community safety?
- Go to police website to find safety survey for your area
- Let’s continue to have quarterly neighborhood meetings to discuss any issues
How can we apply for a place in this camp?
- Lots of procedures to complete.
- We haven't decided on an application yet.
Thanks for coming - important to continue communication with FUMC.
Picture neighbors, school, imagine those without homes. Hold all those folks in your mind. Let's continue to build a vital community.