Neighborhood Navigation Center Helps Those Experiencing Homelessness
By the City of Santa Barbara
People experiencing homelessness can get assistance from 17 community service partners at a Homeless Services Neighborhood Navigation Center every Thursday at Alameda Park.
These providers offer food, clothing, showers, and medical care.
Apr 14, 2021 02:54 PM
This is great if it is coordinated with our programs and an actual plan intended to help folks. Seems to be, so kudos.
When services like this aren't coordinated, they become a big part of the problem (even if well-intended) and turn our parks into unpaid, unapproved, and fundamentally unsafe campgrounds for all, most of all for kids and the homeless folks themselves. Folks promoting a policy of salutary neglect are pretty much a joke. We have literal bodies turning up again and again.
There seems to be fair consensus that homeless need a safe and legal place to live, and the "ignore them and let them live in parks" approach has failed everyone. Kudos to the City for finally getting that lately. [Not to mention the fact that the funding that supports services will dry up in the long-term if we torpedo our city. ] Now let's see more programs like this to help in the right way.
Apr 15, 2021 08:58 AM
The amount of people that will seek help is minuscule compared to the number of people in the streets.
Do they think that the mentally ill, drug addicted or urban surfers are going to actively seek help?
Good effort, but it won’t put a debt in the number of people on the streets and will not provide them a bed at night.