Regional Approach Homelessness
01/02/2017 – 08/03/2017
The scope and impact of homelessness was recognized by Jefferson County elected officials during the October 2016 North Jefferson County Summit. Professional managers developed recommendations for actions considered by the elected officials on August 3, 2017.
Actions taken by Jefferson County local governments include the following:
- January 2017 Homeless Summit
- Implemented interim and permanent solutions in response to the potential loss of Detox services
- Developed protocols to address homeless encampments
- Supported the 2017 Point In Time Survey
- Dedicated additional staff resources to homeless issues
- In collaboration with other Jefferson County local government managers, developed recommendations for consideration by the Jefferson County elected officials
Homelessness and Mental Illness are increasing in Jefferson County. The impacts of this problem are visible through activities such as panhandling, camping in public spaces, unsanitary conditions and accumulation of trash and debris in public areas.
Not visible to the public, yet well understood by first responders and service providers, are human impacts associated with homelessness and mental illness. Examples of impacts include, but are not limited to, domestic violence, trauma suffered by children and substance abuse.
These conditions are resulting in public resources expended in a reactionary manner to the problem with limited focus on the root causes of the problem.