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This working group studies supportive housing options and mental health implications, addresses homeless families and youth and equitable geographic distribution of affordable housing, improves outreach and connects workforce programs with homeless individuals seeking employment opportunities.

Specific Actions for the Working Group: (Full plan)

  • Include public input in next steps of the affordable housing effort and other strategies for addressing homelessness citywide.
  • Work on establishing permanent supportive housing goals.
  • Develop a systematic approach for how to get homeless individuals off the street and into jobs.
  • Establish a priority system for how homeless individuals are assigned/moved into housing developments.
  • Consider options for implementing “housing first” or determine why it is not appropriate or feasible.
  • Study how to fulfill temporary shelter needs for service resistant individuals.
  • Realize the next step for housing opportunities for individuals who are working but need transitional housing after being successful in a job.
  • Work with counterparts in other municipalities on how the city might partner on housing/homelessness issues regionally, including cross referencing with the Mayor’s metro caucus.
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Robin Kniech (Chair)
Wayne New
Paul Kashmann

Staff Contact:
Zach Rothmier

Reports to: 
Safety, Housing, Education, and Homelessness Committee