Thursday, April 18, 2013

Remember Galvan Quarters?

In July 2012, the Board of Supervisors Human Services Committee passed a resolution authorizing Paul Mossman, commissioner of social services, to enter into a lease agreement with the Galvan Initiatives Foundation for a transitional housing facility to be called "Galvan Quarters." Only Hudson Third Ward supervisor Ellen Thurston voted against it. (The next month, the resolution was tabled by the Finance Committee, and that proved to be the end of it.)

Now, less than a year later, the news from the Human Services Committee is that there are only eight homeless people in Columbia County. Nathan Mayberg has the story in the Register-Star: "County homeless numbers nosedive."

What would we have done with thirty-seven units of transitional housing and only eight people to occupy them?

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