By Kristina Pritchett

The city’s Homeless Task Force met on Wednesday, July 26, to discuss updates.

During the meeting, Susan Price gave an update from the county while Larry Haynes, executive director of Mercy House gave a brief overview on his organization’s initiatives. Haynes told the Task Force that until the city makes investments toward helping the homeless, they’re just monitoring the situation.

“Until we make the investments, we’re simply monitoring the homelessness,” Haynes said. “If we’re going to end homelessness (in Dana Point), we have to do the hard stuff. We have to bite the political and financial bullets and make the investment.”

The city has been working with Mercy House, an organization that provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for a variety of homeless populations, to conduct a by-name list that provides data on Dana Point’s homeless population.
The city’s Task Force met in October and received four recommendations to house the homeless. Those recommendations included permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing.

On Wednesday, members of the Task Force said there were, at least, 60 people that are classified as homeless in the city.
Haynes said, at least, 42 of them qualified for permanent housing and 15 qualified for rapid re-housing.

The Task Force plans to meet at the end of August and begin discussions of the Task Force’s charter.

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  • Provide all the housing you may wish. Most of them won’t stay.

  • Until we have a system that insists all vagrant calls be answered the same as any other call, we will see the homeless increase to this area. Why not ? Weather is perfect to take shelter in someone’s yard, or alley. If this issue is not directed head-on, we will continue to see feces, bottles, and other related debris, cluttering the streets. Sounds strange ? We are seeing locations pop up around town, and unless the site is addressed, this will continue. We need to join hands with the county, and other cities in the area, to prepare housing, and food for the downtrodden NOW ! Put this plan into effect immediately .Then implement necessary education to reduce the need of homeless people. Too many officials are just spinning their wheels. Only when someone breaks into their property, will thinks change. They are on our doorstep , Get motivated !

  • Be wary of specific language. “Until we make the investment….” Uh oh. Now helping a resident, not someone that happens to make their way here in a distressed state, is one thing. I attended one of these meetings here in DP a couple of years ago. It was a study in twisted logic as to the use of tax dollars for the issue. I don’t say the answer is simple, but once the coffers are opened, that’s all she wrote. The issue is national at least and more accurately global. Beware of anyone who has a great idea and they need is your money to accomplish it.

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