THC was sifting through our stack of un-read Times-Standard papers (used primarily as fire starters to warm up our sweet new spot under the bridge) last night when we came across an article that mentions that the Board of Supervisors are allocating a whopping $100,000 to subsidizing rent for the elderly and some vulnerable homeless or mentally unstable folks. Here’s a link to the article in question: Board of Supervisors set to fund Eureka low-income housing
Which, don’t get us wrong, is fantastic. It’s not the first time that the Super-Stupes™ tossed a few bucks towards the facility, as mentioned in the article, and it’s great that a whopping 16 units are being partially funded this way.
Notice anything else conspicuous about the articles mention of housing subsidies or housing strategies? That’s right – it ends right then and there.
Which made THC think – what the heck is going on with the County and City efforts to up the housing options for the homeless here in Humboldt?
Sure, it was easy for them to tout how successful Betty Chinn’s container resort was, and the press was chock-full of stories about how private organizations like the Rescue Mission and other charitable organizations opened more beds to harbor folks suffering in harsh weather conditions. Please note how both of those efforts are led by private organizations – ever since the City of Eureka gave the Chinn Foundation funds for containers, there hasn’t been a darn thing of any value.
But, nearly a year after the County and City paid Focus Strategies to come up with a big plan to end homelessness it seems we’re still lacking something – a fricking strategy!
Quick internet searches don’t show anything substantive that the County has done recently, and frankly the City of Eureka has been inactive too.
THC would like to take this opportunity to remind you that housing options in this County are extremely limited – not just for the houseless, mentally ill, or impoverished – but for everyone. All the rent subsidies or rent controls in the world won’t give this community what it needs.
So what are we, as a community, left to believe when there’s no sign of encouraging housing on the horizon, and our elected officials are satisfied to trumpet the accomplishments of private organizations as their own? Why, that the County and the City of Eureka are just giving lip service to the major problems while effectively sitting on their asses and doing nothing. Yet again.
So, o them, we humbly say – build more housing, assholes. And to you, gentle reader, we say: call your representative and tell them you’re tired of inaction and them lying about how hard they’re working to solve the problem.