April 30, 2012
Ad hoc Homelessness Steering Committee
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Ayars, Parker, O’Bryon, Hopkins-Powell, Lewis, Rohde, Morris (Council liaison), Reid (City staff)
Agenda Item #1: Call to Order
Parker called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.
Agenda Item #2: Approval of Minutes
Rohde/Hopkins-Powell moved to approve the minutes as presented. Voice Vote-Motion passed unanimously.
Agenda Item #3: Update on adding new members
Parker met with the Mayor and they have been going through the list of potential new committee members. Some of those that have been contacted have declined, some are undecided. There were several audience members in attendance who have submitted or are considering submitting letters of interest regarding serving on the Sub-Committee to the Mayor. The process includes a letter of interest to the Mayor and filling out an application through the City Recorders office (the application can be found at: http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=9128
) Currently the City Recorder’s office does not have the vacancies on the Ad-Hoc Steering Committee listed on the website.
Agenda Item #4: Discussion items for Joint Study Session with city council
Parker stated that she spoke with City Administrator David Kanner, who was looking at the June 4th
date to hold the joint Homeless Steering Committee/City Council study session.
HSC members discussed what questions they would like to ask. Parker will forward those questions to the Mayor and the City Administrator.
Agenda Item #5: Sub-Committee Updates
Community Forum (Rohde/O’Bryon): The education sub-committee will work with Seles to determine whether the HSC should sponsor a community forum or not. The sub-committee will be updated at the following meeting.
Outreach to Faith Community: This effort was discussed at length and it was suggested that the committee members e-mail Parker any questions that they would like to be asked of the Faith Community. How that effort will move forward was not decided at this time but will be a discussion topic at the next meeting.
Exclusionary Zone/”Time Out” recommendations (Connie/Laura): O’Bryon and Saldana met with Chief Holderness to discuss the new ordinance. O’Bryon was able to give the committee members an overview of the how the ordinance would work. (see summary attached) A discussion ensued and it was decided that the committee members would prefer to spend their time and energy developing resources and solutions to assist homeless populations and those at risk of homelessness rather than looking at altering the exclusion zone, which most members see as a law enforcement function.
Day-Use Center Ideas: Committee members are still working on this but have no update at this time.
Next meeting: May 09, 2012 4:00-6:00 P.M.
Ashland Public Library
Respectfully Submitted by Linda Reid, Housing Program specialist