Nathan Mayberg reports in today's Register-Star about a meeting that took place yesterday of what seems to be an ad hoc committee identified as the "Columbia County homeless plan implementation committee": "Homeless plan details floated." The plan, of course, involves Eric Galloway's Galvan Initiatives Foundation and the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties establishing Tier 1 and Tier 2 accommodations for homeless single adults in two buildings owned by Galloway at the corner of State and Seventh streets.
The county's expressed goal is to reduce the cost of housing the chronically homeless. Currently, it costs $70 a day to shelter homeless people in various motels around the county. The Galvan et al plan promises to do it for $60 a day, assuming that there is a 95 percent occupancy rate. That's a saving of only 14 percent, and if the facility needs to remain 95 percent occupied, what happened to the idea of ending homelessness?