Housing Committee hears update on proposed Homeless Commission
The Dallas Commission on Homelessness briefed the City’s Housing Committee on establishment of an ongoing Homeless Commission. The Commission would advise the Council on homeless issues, provide a forum for voicing homeless concerns and identify needed community programs and services.
The Commission’s recommendations include:
- Increase targeted street outreach, housing placement, and supportive services
- Convert to community-wide coordinated entry and single system
- Increase facility development and shelter capacity
- Increase permanent supportive housing
- Work to prevent homelessness within criminal justice and treatment facilities
- Ongoing and formal organizational structure
Structure of the ongoing commission would consist of 15 members, each serving two-year terms and representing the Mayor and each Council District. The City’s Housing/Community Services Department would also provide assistance, along with external partners.
Next steps will include a Council briefing, consideration of an ordinance drafted by the City Attorney’s Office, member nominations accepted by the City Secretary and Council consideration of nominees.