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Concept art of affordable housing units

Building upon the momentum from the Council’s December 11, 2015 Retreat on Homelessness and the work of the Ad-hoc Committee on Homelessness, City Council is continuuing to study supportive housing options and mental health implications, address homeless families and youth and equitable geographic distribution of affordable housing, improve outreach and connect workforce programs with homeless individuals seeking employment opportunities.

Council Actions

  • 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.

Year-end Goals

  • Develop and present an ordinance dedicating annual revenue for affordable housing citywide, including annual goal-setting.
  • Provide recommendations for addressing homeless families and youth.
  • Develop and present a supportive housing model.
  • Develop a plan for how to improve outreach and geographic distribution of affordable housing.
  • Develop a program connecting homeless individuals with workforce development and career/job opportunities.


Robin Kniech (Chair)
Wayne New
Albus Brooks

Staff contact:
Zach Rothmier