SBLetsGetAlong Nov 03, 2019 11:19 AM Brush Fire in Lompoc The City/County have known for 40 years that housing first is the start. They have known for decades there are not enough temporary shelters. Hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of research have been done to ascertain why people do not have homes. End result, there are still hundreds/thousands hiding in the bushes off rail road tracks, freeway Ramos, etc... The average percentage of homeless is 1.5% of a population. County has 448,000 people. That’s 6,700 people without homes. The PIT, states it is not accurate as they do not go into the bushes and remote areas looking for people. So a “stable” PIT count is basically inaccurate and a false sense of “accomplishment”. And placing people who can not afford to pay rent in expensive real estate areas does not make sense. The humane thing to do is to provide them a bed or send them home to family if they are not from this area. The City spends over $5 million/year in tax payer money supporting homeless. In addition to the Grants and charitable donations every year. The true expense is over $10 million/year. Factor in that families are not able to use the public parks that our taxes pay for. Or that businesses cannot get patrons to come spend money in areas where there are numerous homeless people. So who is benefiting from not helping the homeless? The homeless who have an average life expectancy of 56, who are left out in the cold subjected to drug dealers, violence, unsanitary living conditions? The tax payers? The landlords of empty store fronts? Who benefits from just “getting along”?