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Dear Colleagues,

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ‘is’ such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy New Year! Now, let’s get to work on effectively addressing homelessness by demanding more action and urgency than ever before to get the job done.

In December, the Prop C committee approved millions of dollars to fund permanent homes for hundreds of people in temporary Shelter-in-Place hotels. This is a big step in the right direction. But, we have to make sure that these units are created immediately  because, even after these people are housed, we will still have over 1,000 people in hotels who need homes. And there are still people on the streets who never got into hotels and need to be housed as soon as possible.

The City has the financial resources and the strategies to house all of these people this year. What it lacks is an overall plan to connect the dots and make sure the money is spent effectively. We are in the process of obtaining formal approval from the City to support the Prop C committee’s development of a collaborative, strategic, and data-informed action plan that will maximize resources for optimal impact.

This action plan must be coupled with an analysis of the City’s capacity to meet its goal of effectively doubling the number of people per month that were housed last year. There are real questions about whether it has the bandwidth to do so. We will be looking at this issue very closely over the following weeks as it is critical to the success of this effort.

As we address the challenges, it is also important to identify and celebrate successes. Without successes, we will never solve the problem, transform the system, and effectively meet the challenge of making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. We want to share with you some significant successes from our initiative over the past year.

Onward,
Chris Block

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