City’s response to unauthorized homeless encampments evolves

Wednesday afternoon the City Council heard from the Human Services Department and the Mayor’s Office about how the city’s approach to unauthorized homeless encampments continues to evolve. There was a bit of good news, some key insights on best practices, and some fairly blunt admissions of things that simply aren’t working — or are about to get worse.

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Bagshaw gives Human Services Department a long leash — too long

Yesterday we saw the Parks Department leadership demonstrate that they haven’t yet built a strong working relationship with the Council committee that provides oversight to their work, and how that can go wrong.  Today we saw what happens when a department — in this case, the Human Services Department — builds  a relationship that is close and comfortable. Too comfortable.

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