CITY OF LAUREL HOMELESSNESS TASK FORCE AGENDA
LAUREL CITY HALL – PARKS & RECREATION CONFERENCE ROOM
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019- 6:00 P.M
- Approval of the minutes of the meeting of Tuesday, October 1, 2019
- Q&A with Mayor Moe
- Committee findings to date
- Update on Winter Shelter
CITY OF LAUREL
HOMELESSNESS TASK FORCE
MEETING MINUTES – DECEMBER 11, 2019
The meeting convened at the Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, Maryland 20707 – Parks and Recreation Conference Room at 6:03 p.m. with Chairman Donald Whitehead presiding. Committee Members Present: Councilwoman Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Mr. Phillip Ott, Dr. Michael Schaffer, Ms. Ruth Walls, Mr. Brencis Smith, Ms. Jenny Wall, Ms. Leah Paley, and Ms. Stephanie Hammond. Staff Members Present: Mr. Robert Love, Department of Economic and Community Development and Ms. Ana Navarro, Staff Liaison. There were three members of the public present.
The minutes of the October 1, 2019 meeting were approved as amended on motion by Ms. Jenny Wall, seconded by Ms. Leah Paley and carried on a vote of all the other members present with amendments made to the Mission Statement which now 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.”
Mayor Moe informed the Task Force member that the City received bond bill funds for the engineering and architectural planning of the proposed Multi-Service Center. Further, Mayor Moe explained that the City was relying on the Task Force to determine the needs of a new facility and assist with partnerships of other organizations to provide services at a new facility.
A lengthy discussion ensued between Mayor Moe and the Task Force regarding possible locations, funding, data regarding the number of homeless in the area and possible services for a new center.
Next, Mr. Miller with KCI Technologies, Inc., an engineering firm retained by the City, gave a presentation with some preliminary numbers, plans, and charts for the proposed multi-service center.
(Plans and Charts on file in the Office of the Mayor)
Chairman Whitehead provided a presentation of the Committee’s findings to date.
(This PowerPoint presentation can be found on the City of Laurel website under the Council and Committee page)
A lengthy discussion of the Task Force members ensued regarding the presentation.
Mr. Ott provided an update on the winter shelter stating that the homeless men and women were meeting at the different congregations. The Winter Shelter maxed out the space at St. Marks United Methodist Church with 20 men. There were approximately 5-7 at the Touch of Love Bible Church. Mr. Ott said that the congregations provide a background check on anybody they give shelter to.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:37 p.m.
Submitted: Date Approved:
Ms. Ana Navarro
Staff Liaison to the Taskforce