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As with any city, there are a significant amount of homeless people in the downtown area. I have seen many Downtown Ambassadors just walk by people sleeping in the street without any intervention or attempt to aid. I know this is a complex issue, but what do you think is a sustainable way to help combat homelessness in our community? I know there are some "housing first" programs that aim to offer shelter as a first step to helping people escape the cycle of homelessness.  Something like Pathlight Home comes to mind. What do you all think? This is one of those areas that has the potential to improve not only the lives of those affected, but also improve the overall experience of those wanting to enjoy the offerings of our city.

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On 7/25/2021 at 8:11 AM, opivys85 said:

As with any city, there are a significant amount of homeless people in the downtown area. I have seen many Downtown Ambassadors just walk by people sleeping in the street without any intervention or attempt to aid. I know this is a complex issue, but what do you think is a sustainable way to help combat homelessness in our community? I know there are some "housing first" programs that aim to offer shelter as a first step to helping people escape the cycle of homelessness.  Something like Pathlight Home comes to mind. What do you all think? This is one of those areas that has the potential to improve not only the lives of those affected, but also improve the overall experience of those wanting to enjoy the offerings of our city.

I'm not sure it is in the Ambassadors job description to assist the homeless. I think they are told to avoid them unless they are causing a disruption.

We can't house/ shelter our way out of this problem. It really is more of a mental health issue (primarily) followed by an addiction issue. 

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