Goleta Residents Discuss Homelessness Plan

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Source: City of Goleta

City of Goleta staff held an interactive and engaging Community Update Meeting for Goleta’s Homelessness Strategic Plan on Wednesday, February 19, at the Goleta Valley Community Center. More than 50 community members and representatives from a variety of organizations attended and learned more about the steps being taken to craft the City’s Homelessness Strategic Plan. Attendees were asked to provide input on the prioritization of suggestions to be included in the draft plan.

Community input is an essential part of the City of Goleta’s effort to develop the City’s first comprehensive Homelessness Strategic Plan. The input received Wednesday evening will be included in the Homelessness Strategic Plan outline, which will be brought before City Council at the next meeting on Tuesday, March 3.

City staff previously held a Community Open House in December 2019, as well as stakeholder meetings, and released a community survey (which has received more than 430 responses). This public engagement is part of a larger effort to address homelessness, including best practice discussions with communities nationwide and enhanced partnerships on regional homelessness efforts. We appreciate the community’s involvement and input in this process thus far and look forward to continued engagement during this important effort.

For more information, please contact Dominique Samario, Management Analyst for the City of Goleta, at [email protected] or 805-690-5126. Learn more about Goleta’s Homelessness Strategic Plan at tinyurl.com/GoletaHomelessnessPlan.

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a-1582321545 Feb 21, 2020 01:45 PM
Goleta Residents Discuss Homelessness Plan

Too bad they continue to use the very out-dated term "homelessness". Results in unproductive discussions and a dearth of workable options. Additionally, when do we finally ask the "homeless" to solve their own problems. Quid pro quo time. No more unilateral demands to provide solely for this subset population. What will they provide for us in return? There is no dignity enabling only takers.

Luvaduck Feb 22, 2020 06:45 AM
Goleta Residents Discuss Homelessness Plan

Triage into similar groups: #1 mentally incompetent; #2 addicts; #3 insolvent but willing & ableable or not able; #4 hobos, vagrants, grifters. One size solutions do not fit all. Numbers 1, 3 & 4 have fairly obvious (but different) solutions. Because of recidivism due to the brain changes, cleaning addicts up for long is unlikely for most. AA has successes, but anyone who has gone to meetings knows how fragile recovery is. Any family that has paid again & again struggling with a member who is hooked on drugs knows, too.

a-1582325446 Feb 21, 2020 02:50 PM
Goleta Residents Discuss Homelessness Plan

What happened to the billions of new tax dollars raised after voters approved the 2004 Mental Health Services Act? 15 years later, and what do we have after pouring that money on the street population specifically with mental impairments? Were we misled when we passed that voter initiative? Where did that money go.

a-1582445849 Feb 23, 2020 12:17 AM
Goleta Residents Discuss Homelessness Plan

Never vote for any government bond measure or initiative. Your money will be wasted of ho to pay $400,000 annual govt pensions. Get informed.

CoastWatch Feb 21, 2020 02:05 PM
Goleta Residents Discuss Homelessness Plan

Homeless VS Vargrant- there is a BIG distinction. "Homeless" advocacy groups such as the ACLU and others have adopted the politically correct blur of one term for all situations.

Minibeast Feb 21, 2020 02:38 PM
Goleta Residents Discuss Homelessness Plan

What the County did in order to evict the "unsheltered" from their encampments near Atascadero Creek is a crying shame. I'm glad those bums have been rousted, but was it really necessary to butcher the undergrowth and trees to such a savage extent? Absolutely appalling what was done. If anyone has a yellow kayak missing, one was found there. "Chinook Aquaterra." In great shape. It's not likely it will be advertised as found, so you'd have to contact the County and clean up crew, I suppose.

a-1582350724 Feb 21, 2020 09:52 PM
Goleta Residents Discuss Homelessness Plan

So many homeless need appropriate mental health care. We would never drive by someone in the street who had an injury and let them bleed to death. So why are we leaving people on the street to die from lack of mental health care? These encampments are a danger to those who live there, the public and the environment, The state of California says you can’t move them unless you have somewhere for them to go. So set up cots in unused buildings around town and force them there and others into mental heath facilities where they have the chance for lifesaving treatment. No city should allow people to camp in riverbeds or bushes along the highway. They should be constantly moved with the notion, either get help or we will get it for you and if you don’t like it move along. If every city did this homelessness wouldn’t be an option. Don’t allow people to sleep on the street. Enforce the laws we already have. No one should be allowed to use public property as their bathroom, their drug den, their bar or their bedroom.

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