The panel outlined the state of homelessness services in the City of Trees, new and upcoming avenues available to those seeking to leave homelessness and challenges stakeholders face in implementing possible solutions.
"People coming into Interfaith have told us that they don't feel safe walking through that gauntlet. And they know that while they're struggling to stay clean and sober, at any moment they would walk out the door and get any drug and drink whatever they want."
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush dismissed the case, writing there was "no known citation of a homeless individual under the Ordinances for camping or sleeping on public property on any night or morning when he or she was unable to secure shelter due to a lack of shelter capacity."
"Even for those who have insurance, it is difficult to pay for the rising deductible costs and co-pays, as well as the increasing costs of prescription medications, making Terry Reilly a valuable resource for this community.”
Representing the plaintiffs, who all received citations under the ordinance between 2006 and 2009, lawyers argued before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush that there aren't enough beds at local shelters to keep people facing homelessness from violating the ordinance.
"The most important piece of this is the creation of a Housing Provider Liaison, giving the landlords someone to call when things might be challenging. We're planning to serve 140 adults (or approximately 70 households) in the first twelve months of the program."
Felonies were filed Oct. 21 against March, who has been charged with felony counts of 1st Degree Murder, Burglary and Grand Theft. Barclay has been charged with felony counts of Burglary and Grand Theft, and is currently in custody.