Thank you for stimulating the conversation on homeless housing with your articles "It's Time for an Opportunity Village," by Jim Hight, Nov. 6, and the "AHHA Talks Housing for the Homeless" blog post by Linda Stansberry on Nov. 17.
Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives (AHHA) thanks the whole community, including the 260 who attended our Community Forum, "Self-Regulating Camps to Tiny House Villages" with Andrew Heben (Nov. 15) or the follow-up meeting (Dec. 6).
By engaging, listening and responding with ideas on housing for the houseless, we have created a climate for change and action to build tangible, affordable solutions. The process is exciting because people — including those in county and city governments and law enforcement, the homeless and those living on the edge — are coming together to establish affordable homeless housing alternatives both short and long term.
Congratulations Eureka City Council. Your unanimous vote last Tuesday to explore a tiny house village "pilot project" for the city's homeless was clearly remarkable. You are not alone in this endeavor. Throughout Humboldt County people are calling for similar solutions in their cities and communities. Every community has to work on its own solutions though it need not be in isolation. Volunteers throughout Humboldt County are ready to assist by bringing a myriad of skills and talent to this joint effort.
The council's unanimous vote to develop a Eureka-specific plan that would explore rapid re-housing also moves the community forward toward establishing services and support needed for our homeless.
Thanks again. We hope to see you at our next meeting, Jan. 3, at Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B Street in Eureka at noon. Refreshments will be served. To learn more contact AHHA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nezzie Wade, Eureka