Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A funny thing happened on the way
to ending homelessness in Gainesville

Faced with an impending cut in property taxes, the city of Gainesville has proposed* eliminating city funding for its Office on Homelessness.

The office, which began with the implementation of a 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness about a year ago, was designed to open service centers, increase support programs and help the local homeless population of about 1,000 people find homes and steady jobs.

Alachua County, which makes up the other half of the office's support, may also drop the program. County Manager Randall Reid said that if the city decides to cut its part of the interlocal agreement that funds the office, he will recommend that the county cut its funding also.

Read the Independent Florida Alligator report here, and the newspaper's editorial here.
* If you're enough of a policy wonk to be interested, the city's analysis of the effect of the property tax cuts is impressive in its detail. Check it out here.


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