Last year, 161 homeless people died on Santa Clara County streets but some immediate solutions might be on the horizon.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved creating a new task force to help alleviate homelessness countywide by focusing on providing shelter and transitional housing options. In 2015, a similar task force recommended a $64 million investment from the county to address short-term homeless solutions before dissolving in late 2015.
Supervisor Dave Cortese proposed creating the new homelessness task force to address transitional and emergency housing in the county — which has not traditionally been a strong focus as most of the $950 million from the county’s Measure A, an affordable housing bond, has been pegged for long-term housing solutions.
“Focusing on transitional housing and temporary shelter is long overdue,” Cortese said. “Today, we have called for administration to return to the board with strategies to turn these ideas, many of which came directly from Summit discussions, into action.”
The recommendation approved by supervisors included suggestions from last year’s Santa Clara County Community Summit on Homelessness, such as providing shower areas, more 24/7 safe parking options and creating tiny home communities with on-site services. The summit brought homeless — and formerly homeless — people as well as concerned neighbors together to discuss solutions.
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