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STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE HOMELESS PROBLEM:
Having lived my whole life in Stockton, I have witnessed first hand the explosion of the homeless crisis in our community. County government can play a crucial role in attacking this problem through existing agencies.
I support best practices to address the homeless crisis. These proven strategies have worked in other areas and can make a difference in our community. We have a right to expect more and we must do more.
1. We cannot enforce “no camping” ordinances unless we have safe alternative camping sites for our unsheltered population. These sites will have storage for belongings so the homeless do not have to worry about their property being stolen while seeking employment or services. Such sites will have bathrooms, running water, security, and wraparound services to help break the homeless cycle. Once in place we will have a zero tolerance policy for illegal camping.
3. We must acquire additional low barrier shelters for the unsheltered population with families as well as pets. A place to go is the first step in any community response to the homeless crisis. Homeless families with children need priority shelters to move them back into the fabric of society.
2. The county mental health and sheriff will have strategic partnerships with nonprofits and faith based organizations to jointly outreach to the homeless in need. Such partnerships will track and collect valuable data to help analyze our efforts to continue to address the homeless root causes and steer our unsheltered population to community services.
4. The city and county have helped fund a new navigation center by securing a longer term lease with Cal/Trans and building a facility to help the homeless population receive the services that they need to become successful.