I cannot imagine all the things you are considering today as you lead our city's response to this pandemic. But my faith and conscience has compelled me to ask you to not forget the homelessness in our community during this unprecedented time.
Our major housing service providers are trying to get as many people experiencing homelessness off of the streets and out of our shelters as quickly as possible. And they are trying to move as many of these folks as possible into long-term housing. Not only will this strategy save lives now, it also aligns with a Housing First approach to end homelessness, which is how many communities across the United States are ending homelessness.
Our Homelessness Steering Committee spoke with Vice Mayor Finkeldei over the weekend, and he told us that he was trying to find money (he will know the exact amount) in the City's budget to help our shelter providers house their guests. I urge you, too, to work with the Vice Mayor on this effort.
I know that there are some roadblocks to this effort, but I urge you to do everything in your power to make this happen.
Thanks for your leadership. I am keeping you and the rest of the Commissioners in my prayers during this difficult time.