Sunday, August 14, 2016
[Solano County] Fairfield drafts response about homelessness to grand jury
FAIRFIELD — The city is always willing to consider ways to gauge the cost of homelessness, Fairfield says in a draft response to the Solano County grand jury report on homelessness.
Fairfield City Council members will take up the response when they meet Tuesday.
Recommendations by the grand jury included that all cities in Solano County assess costs of homelessness.
Fairfield in its draft response said the city, as part of its homeless strategy adopted in 2015, began tracking some costs attributed to the homeless and continues to do so.
Agencies that are the subjects of grand jury reports are required to respond in writing by Sept. 8.
The grand jury report “Homeless – Omnipresent and Invisible?” states that while Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo have dealt with homelessness, a regional approach to the issue is necessary.
A 2015 census identified 1,082 people who were homeless in Solano County, the grand jury said in its report. Solano County Health and Social Services identified about 9,000 people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness, the grand jury said.
“This indicates that we have a significantly larger problem to address,” according to the grand jury report.
The Fairfield City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the chamber at 1000 Webster St.
August 14, 2016
By Ryan McCarthy