Joe Ciamenti(?) gets a round of applause.
Supervisor David Kehoe starts with the board's response. He said he has attended the three public sessions with Larry Lees and read all the material presented.
This is important, solid stuff, Supervisor David Kehoe said of Schreder's plan.
Kehoe: The plan merits serious and consideration by the county, cities, private sector. The community as a whole.
Kehoe on the plan I am requesting Lees and Dr. Richard Kuhns evaluate the plan. I hold an interest in the following: As a planning body what is the purpose and objective of the CoC?
Kehoe's second question: How is the CoC funded and what is the relationship with the six other counties. Has it been reviewed by the other counties?
Kehoe's third question: Has the CoC voted to adopt the plan? And how will the funding flow - but he said the presentation explained that.
Kehoe: Does the plan in place meet federal requirements?
Kehoe: What is the status of the coordinated entry system in place right now? What are the problems?
Kehoe: Available HUD funding - what is the definition of HUD funding? Those who were counted during the last count.
Kehoe: Any thoughts on the ethical plan of rapid housing? He asks Lees and Kuhns for their opinion on this.
Kehoe: As members and this applies to everyone in this room and the community, as members of a caring community, our attention must be focused on the timely elimination of societal ills.
Richard Kuhns is behind podium. Director of Housing - Continued care is a planning body and does not provide services. It's provides an outline and network of social services.
Kuhns is reading the requirements to have a CoC in place. What that means for coordination. Everything is in place. There are 45 organizations who are part of the CoC network.
Supervisor Les Baugh thanks Schreder. Recognizes Supervisor David Kehoe on his thought process on the presentation and plan.
Baugh has his own questions. Said he supports the expansion of the CoC, but still has questions.
Baugh: Has the CoC voted on adopting the plan? To my surprise they have not voted on this yet.
Baugh: My first observation - we must have engagement with the current CoC board. Everything this plan discusses - to not begin with them is a mistake.
Baugh: Is this simply participation with these folks or is there wide majority support? Baugh said he has made a lot of phone calls, but did not get a lot of answers.
Baugh: I felt like I was talking to politicians.
Baugh: Any nonprofit that is to take a leadership position must go beyond in being able to handle dollars. They must demonstrate in their own instrument, do they exhibit a passion for the homeless? Are they willing to go the extra mile to work with and for the homeless community? Not just us here.
Baugh: The plan designates many layers. There are seven stated committees. I know this is a draft. I sit on various agencies - those standing committees are not used.
Baugh: I think the leadership must come from who is being representative - I believe they are responsible and should answer. I know that sounds critical. But this is how I present my experience.
Baugh: A major missing element. The homeless. I don't see any connection with actual homeless individuals. I have been engaging two homeless arenas: the participants in the Good News Give Back Program.
Baugh said he has been interacting with members with the Give Back Program. I've engaged with the homeless on the street. Library Park. Challenge areas.
Baugh has a common question for the homeless. How would you solve it? He asked people on the street. There was a universal answer - a safe place to live. That's in the plan. The second from the homeless is a job.
Baugh: Willing to employ and the teach the homeless is important.
Baugh asks Lees about accountability for providing jobs. Even the people he spoke with did not consider free housing. That's the heart of the discussion: People would like to be able to provide for themselves.
Baugh's last point. Looking for an analysis of this plan - the plan itself details a lot of stuff that already happens in Shasta County. The first third of the plan goes over the elements that are in place.
Baugh said the links and partnerships already exist. I appreciate that. Mr. Lees, how does this plan create a new frontier? How does this differ from what we are already doing?
Baugh said there is already a partnership between the city of Redding and the county. That's great that we identify that is already there. I can look around and tell you what we're doing. But if we're going to be supportive and develop a plan, will we actually take some leaps into a future that looks different for Shasta Co.
Baugh: A plan that is physically going to take someone off the street. Do you have experience with that? Baugh said he has invited a homeless couple off the streets. It takes a lot of effort and it takes going above and beyond.
Chairman Pam Giacomini is also concerned about engaging the current CoC board as well. Asks Lees about the current health care system about spending all this money - shouldn't the hospitals be engaged in this plan?
Giacomini: Kuhns mentioned a system and could that be related to gaps identified in the plan?
Supervisor Bill Schappell congratulates Schreder on the report. I think it's a move in the right direction.
Schappell said rehabilitation can be difficult, because some people would rather be homeless. Schappell said he has an issue with the United Way. He would rather have the CoC stay with their vision in place. They don't need to be the ones to represent the homeless people.
Schappell said it's not just us, but the entire country.
Kehoe thanks Schreder for the plan. Would ask everyone leaves with two thoughts in mind: 1. Our inquiry into the plan should not be considered nonsupport. It should be considered due diligence on the part of our community. 2. It would be a major error for anyone to be of the mind that the board are not supportive of change. We are not supportive of a status quo position. So please leave with those two thoughts in mind. Don't misinterpret the words of the board.
Giacomini has for a second round of applause. The item will be brought back. Lees has several questions from the board. A wave of folks are leaving the board chambers now.
To reiterate: Larry Lees has been given several questions to bring Kristen Schreder's plan back for further discussion.
We are on to the public comment period of today's board meeting. Vernon Price is behind the podium to discuss Homeless Voices program.
We're on to the consent calendar. And it seems like the board has approved the calendar. Now the Shasta Co. board of supervisors are putting on their Housing Authority hats.