Monday, March 31, 2008

Homeless drop-in centers advance in fits and starts

A Homeless Access Center, offering job and housing search assistance, financial assistance, and possibly medical and legal aid, is in the works in Riverside, California. The City Council approved plans to spend
$1.1 million to acquire a 6,128-square foot commercial building and convert it into a multi-service homeless center. Read The Press Enterprise report here.

In Chattanooga, land purchased almost 2 years ago for a homeless service complex still stands empty. Mayor Ron Littlefield has been criticized for launching the initiative in 2006 without fully planning the development. But the mayor defends his efforts, saying the complex could prove a national model for how to deal with a problem “that has to be dealt with.” Read the Chattanooga Times Free Press article here.

But in Omaha, a day services center is closing. The Siena-Francis House spent all of a $100,000 grant from the city in five months. Read the Omaha World-Herald report here.


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