City of Goleta Brings Stakeholders Together to Discuss Homelessness Strategic Plan
Source: City of Goleta
The City of Goleta’s effort to develop its first-ever comprehensive Homelessness Strategic Plan is building momentum. On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, local stakeholders met at Goleta Council Chambers to share input on the current state of homelessness in the region, service gaps, best practices, future goals and objectives, and service strategies. The meeting precedes a community open house scheduled for December 11, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Goleta Valley Community Center located at 5679 Hollister Avenue. The open house is an opportunity for community members to interact one-on-one with City staff and homelessness service providers, as well as share ideas and input on homelessness in our community. Spanish translation will be available.
For many years the City of Goleta has been funding organizations and regional efforts to prevent homelessness or assist those experiencing homelessness. This year alone, the City will devote more than $100,000 on specific efforts to address homelessness. Those efforts include funding and longstanding partnerships with: Freedom Warming Centers, Showers of Blessing, City of Santa Barbara Rental Housing Mediation Program, United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County, New Beginnings Counseling Center Safe Parking Program, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, and Transition House. In addition, the City devotes a portion of its annual Community Development Block Grant Funding (CDBG) towards homelessness services.
Mayor Paula Perotte said, “Addressing the issue of homelessness has been an important priority for the City for a long time. The Homelessness Strategic Plan is an opportunity to enhance and focus the work the City is already doing and will be used as a roadmap to help the Council prioritize and guide funding efforts in the area of homelessness.”
The City of Goleta’s endeavor coincides with the County of Santa Barbara’s effort to formulate the second phase of its community plan to address homelessness on a regional basis.
The City of Goleta seeks public input throughout the strategic planning process and encourages community members to mark their calendar for the open house on December 11, 2019. During this time, staff will also release an online survey seeking input from residents, businesses, service providers, and those who are or who have experienced homelessness. A link will be provided once the survey is released.
City staff want to take this opportunity to thank the community in advance for their time and support of this major effort. For more information, please contact Dominique Samario, Management Analyst for the City of Goleta at [email protected] or 805-690-5126.