County officials say between 1,100 and 2,200 people in Yolo County may experience homelessness over the course of a year. Mariko Yamada – a county supervisor – says the board wants to come up with a community-driven plan to reduce that number to zero. And she says they want input from everyone, including business owners.
"No one in the business community wants to have homeless people in front of their establishment but we have to address the problem together otherwise we’re not going to solve it."
Yamada says the county will request $60,000 in state grants to develop a 10-year plan to end homelessness. Some of the money will go towards housing. Officials hope to have a plan underway within the next few years.