UPDATED: Homelessness ‘czar’? Maybe early next year


Several advocates suggested earlier this year that a position be created for a point person assigned exclusively to finding answers to homelessness in San Joaquin County. Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs added his voice to the discussion today with a letter to the Board of Supervisors that refers to the countywide task force that has been studying the homelessness issue.













The Supervisors are meeting today and tomorrow to pass the county budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which begins Saturday. A “Homelessness Czar” is not included in the proposed budget. Determining ongoing funding is at least part of the reason the position is not being created immediately. Supervisor Kathy Miller said today she is hoping the position can be added early next year.

“My primary concern is that we make it sustainable and get it right the first time,” Miller texted.

4:27 P.M. UPDATE: Miller called late this afternoon to say that work has indeed begun to draft a job description and to determine salary parameters for the position. She said the information will be presented to the county’s homelessness task force at its next meeting July 27.

“We are going to make sure it’s sustainable and that these efforts continue and the goal will be to have the position approved” by late 2017 and a homelessness czar on board early in 2018. Miller did stress one other thing: the word “czar” (or “czarina,” for that matter) will not be part of the job title.

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