First Meeting Of The Amador County Homeless Task-Force

First Meeting Of The Amador County Homeless Task-Force

County Elected and law enforcement officials, together with representatives from Amador County's various charitable and non-profit organizations, gathered at St Katherine Drexel in the first meeting of a County Homeless Task-force to start formulating ways of addressing the County's growing transient population.    An exact count of the County's homeless population is hard to come by, but a Housing and Urban Development-mandated count in January showed 149 homeless in the County, 26 being under the age of 18, but officials say the numbers could be three times higher. The 28 bed shelter in Jackson served 94 people last year and had to turn away 251.  The Task Force members heard several presentations on possible strategies to address the issue, including the Compassion Village project in Sacramento, which used clusters of so-called “Tiny Homes” to provide homes for homeless veterans.  Rayj Rambob, Executive Director of the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency gave a presentation on similar housing-first strategies, which focuses on providing housing with very little in way of prerequisites and barriers to entry, and then allows clients to seek help and social serves after they are secure in homes.   While many questioned the approach presented, officials and social workers alike were united in their belief that the homeless population was increasing in the County and vowed to continued to work on the topic going forward.

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