Housing Plan For Homeless Advances

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

But if they’re in your neighborhood, mental health officials say they’ll give you plenty of warning.

The County Board of Supervisors Tuesday gave local mental health and housing agency officials the green light to move forward on the project. But Supervisor Susan Peters told them to do a better job than the state does of alerting neighbors. 

"The thing that I am concerned about is the state process that goes on right now for a different kind of group home where the neighbors don’t have any notice just bam all of a sudden there’s a big change." 

County Mental Health Director Ann Edwards-Buckley assured supervisors that anyone who lives near the proposed housing sites would be notified.   

"Our goal is to get the word out ahead of time so that we can have discussions. We want these properties to be good neighbors."

The housing is part of the county’s 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness. The money to build the 60-units will come from a $4 million grant from Proposition 63 – the state’s Mental Health Services Act passed by voters two-years ago.