During a virtual meeting on Sept. 9, Councilmember Curren Price engaged with members of his Homelessness Advisory Committee and shared updates on the number one issue affecting District 9.
The goal of the online event was to present the current efforts being done within CD 9 to bring relief to the crisis, as well as gain insights and suggestions from individuals who have their boots on the ground. Councilman Price informed members of the advisory board that there are more 2,000 units of Affordable and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units that have been identified within the Ninth District. This includes more than 1,500 units currently in the pipeline and scheduled for completion within the next two to three years.
The Wednesday evening meeting included a special presentation by Toni White, Outreach Coordinator for Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS), who provided the group with specific solutions to help get people off of the streets, as well as sharing programming that has been able to cut through the red tape to allow for individuals to be put on the fast-track to housing.
“Linking this group of dynamic individuals together will not only strengthen our strategy to combat the homeless crisis, but it allows us to gain insights that may have otherwise not been on our radar,” added Councilman Price. “ We have to be creative and we must consider every option on the table to provide resources and help for people suffering from the condition of homelessness.”