Leaders talk big-picture of homelessness in South PlacerBy: Mackenzie Myers, Reporter
Between a reduction in homeless veterans and families, a $1-million housing grant from Sutter Health and several affordable housing projects underway, certain aspects of South Placer’s homeless situation are looking positive.
But during a quarterly homeless-services meeting Friday at the Roseville Civic Center, city and county officials from throughout the region, including Lincoln, addressed remaining obstacles: rising rents, the rainy winter and potential threats to public assistance programs that might surface as the state approves its budget.
Jeffrey Brown, director of
“Almost everyone feels homelessness is increasing rather than decreasing. I’m not sure that’s true,” Brown said.
Regarding countywide updates of homeless services, the county plans to initialize a homeless management information system by January, which will help track homeless individuals. It will note services each individual receives, increasing efficiency across providers.
Individual cities also had action to report on Friday. Regarding housing vouchers, which pay for most of a resident’s rent if he or she fits certain criteria, Roseville’s housing manager Danielle Foster said that city coordinators have given those benefits to those in need. The city of
However, Foster said an affordable housing project is under construction on
Rocklin is working on providing residences as well, pursuing a project that will add roughly 40 affordable units in a larger complex along
According to Rocklin director of long-range planning Laura Webster, the St. Anton units will be single-bedroom and lack age restrictions, which might help homeless individuals avoid paying for space they don’t need.
Scott Horrillo of Rocklin Police Department mentioned that the city is also providing a “homeless court,” as an alternative to tickets or jail time. A homeless person breaking certain laws could have the option to clear citation charges with hours of community service.
Nader said he has been trying to gain traction with the rest of Lincoln City Council. But when a project with Mercy Housing fell through, Nader said, parks and recreation talked about putting a park on the property.
“The hair on the back of my neck stood up,” Nader said. “I want to see affordable housing go there.”