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Legislation #: 090788 Introduction Date: 9/3/2009
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 9/27/2009
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS JOLLY, MARCASON, CIRCO, GOTTSTEIN, CURLS, SHARP, SKAGGS, HERMANN, RILEY, FUNKHOUSER AND SANDERS BROOKS
Title: Establishing a Homelessness Task Force (“Task Force”) to identify the issues related to homelessness; developing a Plan (“Plan”) to address these issues which will include both immediate and long term strategies, funding options, and suggestions as to how the Council may best partner with governmental entities, private businesses and the community in furtherance of the Plan; presenting said Plan to the Council for recommendation and implementation; and directing the City Manager to make available staff and non-monetary resources as necessary.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
9/3/2009 Filed by the Clerk's office
9/3/2009 Referred to Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee
9/9/2009 Be Adopted as a Committee Substitute
9/10/2009 Assigned Third Read Calendar as Substituted
9/17/2009 Adopted as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 090788

 

Establishing a Homelessness Task Force (Task Force) to identify the issues related to homelessness; developing a Plan (Plan) to address these issues which will include both immediate and long term strategies, funding options, and suggestions as to how the Council may best partner with governmental entities, private businesses and the community in furtherance of the Plan; presenting said Plan to the Council for recommendation and implementation; and directing the City Manager to make available staff and non-monetary resources as necessary.

 

WHEREAS, the City Council recognizes that homelessness is a pervasive concern within the city as well as the metropolitan area; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to Homeless Management Information system data, of all of the homeless persons receiving services in the entire state of Missouri in 2007, 38% of homeless persons were served in Kansas City, Missouri; and

 

WHEREAS, since 2007, local United Way 2-1-1 data on calls for services related to homelessness and homelessness prevention indicate a 45% increase in need for services; and

 

WHEREAS, the number of homeless individuals and families continues to grow as a result of the countrys current economic situation; and

 

WHEREAS, on June 25, 2009, Council adopted Resolution No. 090558 which supported the conference entitled From This Day Forward: Ending Homelessness in Kansas City, held on June 26, 2009, to address the issue of homelessness and to educate private and public participants, as well as community members, to work together toward a solution; and

 

WHEREAS, in furtherance of the goal of finding a viable solution to end homelessness and the issues associated therewith, the Council desires to establish a Homelessness Task Force and invites the county governments of Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte to join forces with the City to collaborate for a solution; and

 

WHEREAS, recognizing that this issue is not limited to Kansas City, Missouri, the Council has the goal in the near future to join with additional cities and counties in the surrounding area in forming a metropolitan-wide commission to combine these efforts; and

 

WHEREAS, the Homelessness Task Force will develop a plan to address the issues associated with homelessness in the Kansas City metropolitan area, which includes immediate and long term strategies as well as funding options, and present said plan to the Council for implementation; and

 

WHEREAS, the Task Force will be composed of no fewer than thirty-two (32) members who will be appointed by the Mayor and may include representation from business and government, professional expertise in fields including medicine, legal system and law enforcement, education, mental health, social services and housing, as well as Councilmembers, as specified in Section 2 below; NOW, THEREFORE;

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the Homelessness Task Force is hereby established to identify the issues related to homelessness; to develop a Plan (Plan) to address these issues which will include both immediate and long term strategies, funding options, and suggestions as to how the Council may best partner with governmental entities, private businesses and the community in furtherance of the Plan; and to present said Plan to the Council for recommendation and implementation.

Section 2. That the Task Force members shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall be composed of no fewer than thirty-two (32) members to be represented by individuals in business and government and/or have professional expertise in fields including medicine, the legal system and law enforcement, education, mental health, social services and housing and who all have knowledge regarding the issue of homelessness. In addition, the Task Force shall include Councilmembers from all six districts. The Task Force members shall include:

                    The Mayor or designee

                    Seven members of the City Council, with one from council districts 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6, and two from council district 3

                    Five at-large members who shall be residents of Kansas City, Missouri

                    Two members from the field of higher education

                    Two members from the field of elementary and secondary education

                    Three members from the business sector including a member from the Downtown Council, a member from the Kansas City Civic Council and a member from the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

                    One member from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

                    One member from the Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Court Judiciary

                    One member from the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri

                    One member who is a director of an emergency shelter for homeless persons

                    Three members from the healthcare field including the Director of the

Kansas City, Missouri Health Department, one member from Truman Medical Center and one member from St. Lukes Medical Center

                    Two members from faith-based organizations

                    One member from the Department of Veterans Affairs

                    One member from the Mid-America Regional Council

                    One member from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments Office of Community Planning and Development

                    Two members from homeless provider agencies

                    Two members from law enforcement including the Chief of Police and one member from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department

                    One member who is the Human Services Division Manager of the Citys Neighborhood and Community Services Department

                    Two members from philanthropic organizations such as the United Way and the Health Care Foundation

                    One member from the Homeless Services Coalition

Section 3. That the Plan shall be presented to the Council for implementation on or before September 30, 2010. The Task Force will oversee implementation of the Plan, as directed by Council.

Section 4. That the Task Force is authorized to collaborate with other governmental entities which may join in this effort to develop a Plan for the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Section 5. That the Task Force shall adopt its own governance structure and shall determine its leadership.

 

Section 6. That the Task Force will report quarterly on its progress to the Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee.

 

Section 7. That the City Manager is directed to make available to the Task Force such staff and other non-monetary resources as may be necessary or appropriate.

 

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