RHS 2 2 Jun 15, 2020 08:54 AM Brush Fire on W. Cota It is true that little has been done to deal with the pragmatic problems posed by the homeless population. The bureaucratic solution is to "study" it again and again. This is mainly a sop to politicians who can't get the courage to actually intervene for fear they will alienate one voter block or another. What is needed includes: 1. Housing and service availability in all south county communities, not just in the city of Santa Barbara as that attracts and concentrates the problem. This means Carpinteria and Goleta especially need to chip in. 2. Walk-in service centers providing counseling and other direct assistance, including resources to help people move on or back to their roots if they want to do so. 3. Establishment of locked care housing for the severely mentally ill. This is possible under the law but the Sheriff has taken over this role though his department is temperamentally unsuited to the task and the "housing" in the jail is destructive of the person being held. 4. Provision of better street resources such as places for the homeless to shower and use the toilets. 5. Subsidized employment that will allow marginally competent people to "work" and be given income that allows them to take care of themselves. All of this can be done with a reallocation of existing expenditures now being absorbed by County Mental Health and the SBSO.