• Why do we have so much homelessness and what should we do to address it?
City Commission
Seat 1

Jack Porter

There are different types of homeless people needing different responses. Some homeless people need minimal assistance and with housing they could live independently. There is another group of homeless people that also need assistance with mental health issues to live independently. The third group has serious mental health issues and even with assistance could not live independently.

One of the causes for homelessness is we have an affordable housing crisis, and wages are not keeping up with costs and many people have multiple jobs and still can’t make ends meet. We need to listen to the providers on the ground and provide rapid rehousing options. We need a three-pronged approach: provide low-income rental housing, provide funded rapid rehousing, and provide funding for mental health assistance.

Louis Dilbert

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Rudy Ferguson, Sr.

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Seat 2

Dot Inman-Johnson

Homelessness is not just an issue of people migrating into our community, it’s also people who are made homeless because they can’t afford to pay the rent, and we are not providing the affordable rental housing that would prevent them from becoming homeless. Homelessness is impacting more people, including the 30-50% of medium income groups. Mental health is another contributor, and needs to be addressed in our community. This is a national problem that goes back to the Reagan administration’s defunding of programs. Local tax dollars can’t solve the problem, we also need state and federal funding. The City needs to seek out and apply for funding sources to address the problem. 

Another issue is that released prisoners become homeless and come to Tallahassee. We need programs to reunify them with their families by helping to make the connections and providing the resource to get them home where they have a support system. To help deal with homelessness we need to provide resources including assistance finding jobs and housing, and with getting their GEDs. Another issue is that many places won’t rent to people with a criminal record. We need to change polices and develop programs to assist with re-entry and provide them with a chance for success. We need to give the poor a hand up to move from desperation to thriving. All efforts to address homelessness is done in a piece-meal way, and we need a comprehensive

Donna Nyak

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Curtis Richardson

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Bernard Stevens, Jr.

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County Commission
Group 1 – At Large

Carolyn Cummings

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David T Hawkins

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District 4

Brian Welch

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Isaac Montilla

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