With all indications pointing to a defeat of the proposed new location for the Helping Hands homeless shelter, local leaders are already looking ahead to the next steps for dealing with the problem.
Alderman Cory Jobe says he is working on new strategies for addressing the homeless problem and all of its related issues, including substance abuse and mental illness. Jobe acknowledges that there is likely to be ongoing resistance to new shelter locations… and says the different agencies that provide shelter services should consider pooling their resources to run one big shelter, rather than several smaller ones.
The director of Helping Hands, though, says that idea may be unrealistic. Rod Lane says other agencies are not going to relocate... and in the meantime, Lane says his agency needs a permanent home.