I’ve pulled out my copy of the 2006 Continium of Care (CoC) for Cobb County, Georgia’s grant application to HUD. It has a lot of tables and columns and at one point I put some of them in here, but then I remembered I have a lot of readers that could care less about that.
So I’ll summarize here: According to this application, our local governments, our cities and counties provide only one service for the homeless –
Law Enforcement, listed in the category of “outreach”.
Ok that explains it. Homeless arrests and Evictions are an “outreach”. Our local governments provide no preventive services and no supportive services for our homeless. Our non-profit local charities provide plenty of services but they are not enough!
There are a total of 124 year-around emergency shelter beds among all our shelters. Plus another 48 “Seasonal” and another 18 “Overflow” beds. There were no beds “under development”. The application says that we are 330 emergency shelter beds short! This is based on finding 330 unsheltered homeless persons during the point in time count. That isn’t nearly all of them though!
There are another 316 beds that are “transitional housing”. (6 under development) We are 275 transitional housing beds short!
There are 44 perminent supportive housing beds. (none under development) We are 85 beds short.
So Marietta: Where do you think our homeless friend Al is going to stay tomorrow night? How about the other 300 homeless people out there? The total of 690 needing help? The ones with “unmet needs” beds (virtual beds?) Where are they going? Who among our leaders care?
There were 175 individuals in families with children unsheltered on January 26, 2006!
And Marietta simply says “clean them out”. Take the veterans too. They might be carrying a flag.
“Go South” you said. We already ship our poor sick to Grady. Are we to haul our homeless to Atlanta too?