We can no longer kick the can of solving our regional homeless crisis down the road. There are many ideas and planning currently in process, with county leadership involvement. However, I believe we must look at this crisis as an opportunity for the current homeless population, citizens seeking employment and non-profit and for-profit organizations looking for services and business prospects.
I believe county must take a lead role in delivery, supervision and management of the health and human service which will be required to assist the homeless population in whatever may be final model to reduce and eventually end this crisis.
The county should first hire a consultant to review the current homeless population, the proposed model to address this crisis, the county workforce and non-profits and for-profit organizations capacity to provide services. Use the collected data to produce a long-term plan which will address the needed staffing and outsourcing to support the plan as it relates to providing health and human services. By having a plan based on facts and data will enable the county to reflect the need to propose additional staffing and out sourcing in a controlled responsible method which will not interfere with current services.
There is current funding for the consultant services located in the county reserve. The use of this funding should easily qualify as a onetime funding project under the current Supervisor policy for the use of unassigned funds.