Goleta Hires First Homelessness Services Coordinator

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Chuck Flacks (courtesy photo)
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By the City of Goleta

The City of Goleta is pleased to announce the hiring of its first Homelessness Services Coordinator. Chuck Flacks is a familiar face to the community and brings a wide range of professional experience in addressing issues related to homelessness and prevention of homelessness. Mr. Flacks spent most of his childhood in Santa Barbara and has been a proud resident of the City of Goleta. He has spent his professional career of over 20 years building affordable housing, helping low-wage workers improve their skills, and directly helping homeless people find a home.

City of Goleta’s Neighborhood Services Director Jaime Valdez said, “We are excited to have someone with Chuck’s credentials and experience join our team to help with the City’s response to assisting people experiencing homelessness and implementing the City’s Homelessness Strategic Plan. Chuck has an extensive background in social issues, particularly with regard to homelessness, which he has gained through his work in various settings locally and throughout the state. We look forward to seeing the positive impact he is going to make in Goleta.”

Mr. Flacks said, “My interest in Goleta is simple: I live here! My hope is that because a relatively small number of Goleta residents are homeless, that we can get our arms around this problem quickly and make homelessness a rare and brief experience for anyone who happens to find themselves in that situation. Goleta is a uniquely compassionate and engaged community. I have been very impressed with the city, businesses, and its residents sharing resources to help people in need. My hope is to make the most of those resources.”

His background includes serving as a consultant for the City through Flacks Seed Consulting, former Director of Programs for PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), Executive Director for Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness, and serving in several other capacities in the healthcare and workforce sectors throughout California. Mr. Flacks earned a master’s degree from San Diego State University in Family and Child Counseling, a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Public Policy and holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California Santa Cruz in Sociology/Politics.

Mr. Flacks’ first day at the City was on Monday, December 5th. You can connect with him via email at cflacks@cityofgoleta.org.

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Gimli Dec 10, 2022 08:48 AM
Goleta Hires First Homelessness Services Coordinator

I have had one on one meets with Mr. Flacks a few times when he worked at PATH to address the homeless issues and why those who were staying at PATH to receive help there for no reason they were being dismissed (getting kicked back out on the streets) for no reason. Especially those with serious health issues. He told me that they were going to do an investigation by the heads of PATH down in L. A. Then later on he told me that they found no wrongdoing. Which that was BS on their part. Someone pulled strings for those in staff that were tossing out the homeless out of PATH for no real reason, and they are still working there. I know exactly who these staff workers are because they were there when it was Casa Esperanza when I was there when I was homeless. And the homeless issues is still a major problem here in SB and throughout the rest of the US. It will never end.

CoastWatch Dec 10, 2022 09:22 AM
Goleta Hires First Homelessness Services Coordinator

@GIMLI- You are correct that it will never end, in fact, it become a bigger problem as drug usage increases. Unless there is FORCED rehab for addicted street people and FORCED institutional admittance to mental hospitals, our society will have to continue putting up with the insanity on our streets and parks. The ACLU is the problem- Unless our Democratic State leaders (who have been in control of decades) address this, it will continue to spiral... BUT HEY... Newsome wants to use $549 BILLION for reparations to people based on race. California was not even a "Slave State" 160 years ago and NEVER was. This is true insanity in the name of Wokeness and Vote pandering.

doulie Dec 10, 2022 04:24 PM
Goleta Hires First Homelessness Services Coordinator

COAST - There was an attempt to place addicts into a civil commitment drug rehab program back in the 70's. As I recall, civil activists, some city and county officials didn't care to hold anyone against their will. In addition, there weren't any facilities that wanted to participate. Cops gave up on their attempt at civil commitment and continued arresting these people. I'm confident in today's culture nothing you are suggesting will happen.

a-1670731403 Dec 10, 2022 08:03 PM
Goleta Hires First Homelessness Services Coordinator

Even if it could be done legally, where are we going to put all the people who need mental and drug treatment?
How are we, our society, going to raise gigantic amounts of money to build lots of hospitals and treatment centers and staff them?
How are we going to incentivize people to go into treatment work?

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