HOUSE NEWS: Tonight’s City Commision Meeting and Rally for Homeless Rights – a Message from Jim Wright

Dear All: 
I encourage everyone to attend the special City Commission Commission meeting this Thursday night at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Auditorium.  Attached is the agenda for the meeting.  As you can see from the agenda, the rezoning petition for the proposed Homeless One Stop Center is the only item of business, so there will be no useless waiting while other items are discussed.  If you want a seat in the main auditorium you will need to get there early, as attendance is expected to exceed capacity.  I have heard that the overflow audience will be seated in another room with closed circuit TV.  Even if you are seated in the overflow room I believe you will have the opportunity to be heard if you want to speak to the proposal.
ACCHH strongly supports the recommendations being made to the Commission by the Plan Board and City Staff.  A key component of that recommendation is that the restrictions on potential future use of the site as a shelter and food preparation site be removed.  Thus, if the recommendation of the Plan Board is adopted then there is the potential to use that site in the future to develop additional emergency and transitional shelter capacity, which as we all know is badly needed in Gainesville.
If you cannot attend the meeting I encourage you to communicate with the City Commission by phone or e-mail and encourage them to support the Plan Board’s recommendation, specifically including the removal of the restriction on shelter beds.
I also remind you that there will be a rally in support of homeless rights and services at 5:00 pm in front of City Hall.
The rally and City Commission meeting will be high profile events with strong opinions and emotions involved.  I ask you to represent the Coalition well by expressing yourself both honestly and truthfully, but also with respect toward those who hold opinions that differ from yours.
Thanks, Jim.
Jim Wright, Director
Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry, Inc.
P.O. Box 5494
Gainesville, FL  32627-5494
phone (352) 378-0460 
fax (352) 373-4097


Posted on 04/03/2008, in HOUSE NEWS and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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