Mayor and City Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Agenda

CITY OF LAUREL HOMELESSNESS TASK FORCE AGENDA
LAUREL CITY HALL – MEETING ROOM #2
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2019- 6:00 P.M.

 

 

  1. Approval of the minutes of the meeting of Wednesday, July 17, 2019 and the Approval of the minutes of the meeting of Tuesday, August 13, 2019

 

  1. Review/discussion of the Homelessness Task Force Mission Statement and the ideas received via email by the group.

 

  1. Continue the discussion about the services currently needed and identify gaps

Minutes

CITY OF LAUREL

HOMELESSNESS TASK FORCE

MEETING MINUTES – OCTOBER 1, 2019

 

 

 

The meeting convened at Laurel City Hall – Meeting Room #2 at 6:05 p.m. with Chairman Donald Whitehead presiding. Committee Members Present: Councilman Keith Sydnor, Mr. Phillip Ott, Dr. Michael Schaffer, Ms. Ruth Walls, Pastor Gregory Strong, Mr. Brencis Smith, Ms. Jenny Wall, Ms. Leah Paley, Corporal Joseph Johnson, Mr. Robert Love, and Ms. Ana Navarro. There were five members of the public present.

 

The minutes of the July 17, 2019 meeting were approved as written on motion by Dr. Michael Schaffer, seconded by Mr. Phillip Ott and carried on a vote of all the other members present. 

 

The minutes of the August 13, 2019 meeting were approved as written on motion by Dr. Michael Schaffer, seconded by Pastor Gregory Strong and carried on a vote of all the other members present. Corporal Joseph Johnson was not present at this meeting therefore, he abstained. 

 

Group Remarks:

 

Item #2 on agenda: Review/discussion of the Homelessness Task Force Mission Statement and the ideas received via email by the group.

 

The mission statement reads as follows: “To provide guidance and awareness to the City of Laurel and the Greater City of Laurel area. To assist people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, while partnering with local organizations, agencies, and religious institutions.” 

 

The mission statement was approved as written on motion by Dr. Michael Shaffer, seconded by Councilman Keith Sydnor and carried on a vote of all the other members present. 

 

At this point, Mr. Donald Whitehead provided information via the HUD Exchange website pertaining to current Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) formally known as Emergency Shelter Grants, being provided to Howard, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel County. A conversation ensued regarding HUD Grants and the lack of funding to this community. 

 

Anne Arundel County -https://files.hudexchange.info/reports/published/CPD_Funding_Grantee_Das...

 

Howard County - https://files.hudexchange.info/reports/published/CPD_Funding_Grantee_Das...

 

Prince George’s County – 

https://files.hudexchange.info/reports/published/CPD_Funding_Grantee_Das...

 

Natasha Martinez, a City of Laurel resident, addressed the task force about how she thought that introducing the Homeless Shelter as an investment in the community or something that would help the community grow and would take these people and hopefully bring them to a position or a place where they can sustain themselves, would help people respond to the idea of a homeless shelter in the area better. 

 

Item #3 on agenda: Continue the discussion about the services currently needed and identify gaps

 

Some resources currently unavailable in the community are:

 

• Domestic violence assistance

• Employment assistance

• Transportation

• Dental

• Finding a psychiatrist that accepts Medicaid

• Services to the LGBTQ community

• Housing

• Trade programs

• Legal programs

• Bathroom and shower facilities

• Veteran Liaison 

• Case Management 

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:24 p.m.

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