Amador Sups Discuss Homelessness In Amador County

Amador Sups Discuss Homelessness In Amador County

The issue of homelessness in Amador County took center stage at yesterday's meeting of the Amador County Board of Supervisors as the Supervisors spent several hours discussing the issue in a workshop.   A wide range of organizations and officials that deal with different aspects of homelessness and homeless individuals gave presentations on the issue, from public agencies like the County's own Health and Human services department, to non-profit organizations such as Amador Tuolumne community action agency and Victory Village veteran services to law enforcement officials such the Amador County Sheriff and District Attorney.   Each organization offered their perspective on the issue, describing the services that are offered, the size of the population and future actions that could be taken to address the issue.   While estimates vary and conducting a count is difficult, most estimates put the number of homeless in the County at between three and four hundred people.   While services do exist from various public and private organizations, most agreed that they are inadequate, especially the lack of overnight shelter in the County.  Finally, in answer to one of the most frequently asked questions, there is largely a consensus that this is not a imported problem, that agencies outside the county are not outsourcing their homeless to the County, rather the population is home grown or has come here on their own.

Written by Craig Baracco

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