Feedback requested on new city ordinance to allow temporary government housing.

Ordinance 210643 has passed out of the Neighborhood Planning & Development Committee on June 9th and will be heard by the full council on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

We received a communication from 4th District-At-Large Councilmember Katheryn Shields this week regarding legislation that is moving to the full council for a vote on Thursday, June 17th, 3pm at City Hall and have been asked to let our neighbors know so that they can choose to support or oppose it if they want to.

We tracked down the committee meeting video so everyone would have a chance to watch the presentation for themselves. This change to our charter will allow for the construction of these temporary units on city property for up to one year and is expected not just to be for the existing homeless population but for anyone who is in need of shelter in the case of an emergency such a fire or natural disasters.

Opponents who have been in touch with us are worried they won't be able to challenge the decision to put the shelters in their neighborhoods should the time come since there is no process for public input once the site has been chosen by the city.

The ordinance listing on the city's website can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

Public Testimony can be sent in advance of the meeting but will not be heard IN the meeting-