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County Makes ‘Bold Choices’ to Address Affordability and Homelessness in Newly Adopted Housing Element

County Makes ‘Bold Choices’ to Address Affordability and Homelessness in Newly Adopted Housing Element

County Makes ‘Bold Choices’ to Address Affordability and Homelessness in Newly Adopted Housing Element – By Ryan Burns, Lost Coast Outpost, 8-20-2019 The Humboldt County government is making some dramatic changes in its approach to improving housing affordability.  On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted a revised housing element that includes some bold new approaches aimed at encouraging the production of new housing, including low-income options such as secondary units and tiny house villages. Michelle Nielsen, the county’s senior planner for long-range…

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Grand Jury Report Finds Local Approach of Criminalizing the Homeless is Counterproductive

Grand Jury Report Finds Local Approach of Criminalizing the Homeless is Counterproductive

by Ryan Burns in Lost Coast Outpost, 7-11-2019 “The latest report from the Humboldt County Civic Grand Jury takes a critical look at local efforts to address our ongoing homelessness crisis, with extra focus paid to the law-enforcement-heavy approach in the county seat, which has the largest population of un-housed residents. “‘Eureka, in particular, has taken a kind of carrot and stick approach but with an emphasis on the stick,’ the report says. The authors conclude that “the use of…

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Humboldt County finalizes roster for homelessness solutions committee

Humboldt County finalizes roster for homelessness solutions committee

Eureka Times-Standard (http://www.times-standard.com) Humboldt County finalizes roster for homelessness solutions committee By Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard Wednesday, May 9, 2018 The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors finalized the roster of a 11-member committee that will be responsible for advising the county on how to tackle the significant issues of housing and homelessness. The Homelessness Solutions Committee is made up of five members representing the five supervisorial districts, one homeless or recently homeless resident, one person with affordable housing development experience…

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City-Approved Eureka Homeless Camp Plan Gains New Steam

City-Approved Eureka Homeless Camp Plan Gains New Steam

Eureka has tried and failed before, but there’s now another concerted push underway to develop a legal, sanctioned, managed homeless encampment to serve the city’s homeless population, and the process seems to be moving rather quickly. This afternoon the nonprofit group Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives (AHHA) will unveil its “Sanctuary Camp Proposal” at a meeting of stakeholders and other interested parties at the St. Vincent de Paul free meal kitchen in Old Town. The meeting, which starts at 2 p.m….

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An AHHA Moment

An AHHA Moment

Eureka has struggled with what to do with the sprawling community of homeless people camped behind the Bayshore Mall for more than a year. With construction due to begin on a waterfront trail this spring, the more than 100 people currently living in the Palco Marsh may soon have to leave. Mayor Frank Jager acknowledged the time-crunch in a surprise speech delivered at the close of the March 1 city council meeting, dropping the mic (well, banging the gavel) after…

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Homeless advocates to unveil sanctuary camp plan

Homeless advocates to unveil sanctuary camp plan

Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives, a local nonprofit advocacy group, invites public comment during the presentation of its pilot “sanctuary camp proposal” at a Monday afternoon meeting at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Facility in Eureka. According to an AHHA press release, the group wants to answer questions, address concerns and take community suggestions on its plan to establish a safe and legal sanctuary for the homeless during the meeting. Eureka Mayor Frank Jager at the end of Tuesday’s City…

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