Community leaders gathered at the Redding Library to host a community discussion focusing on homelessness in Redding Tuesday.
The “Homeless: A Plan of Action” was organized by community leader Kristen Schreder. The discussion included a panel of community leaders who focused on the important issues that affect homelessness in Redding.
The key point of the discussion was to collaborate and develop a cohesive plan between the different organizations involved and the public.
Jessica Delaney, Coordinator for the City of Redding and Shasta County Homeless Continuum of Care Council said it’s important for the public to understand the different layers of the homeless problems. That way the community can come together and target those problems.
Delaney said the population of homeless people in Shasta County isn’t growing but what is affecting the population is the services available to that population.
“Something we have really experienced is a loss of resources, loss of drug and alcohol resources, drastic decreases to the funding to mental health,” said Delaney. “So we have a population that hasn’t grown in quantity but is suffering from some pretty severe issues that can’t really be effectively combated through just shelter.”
The different organizations involved included the Shasta County Health and Human Service, People of Progress, the Good News Rescue Mission and the City of Redding and Shasta County Homeless Continuum of Care Council.