With only one day until our City Council hearing (Feb 3rd), we are working tirelessly to prepare. As we total up the number of petition signatures and as we submit the phenomenal letters of support we’ve collected, we are incredibly grateful. It is because of you that we’ve made it this far.
But with one day left, we wanted to remind you of why your voice matters.
Your voice matters because many of our clients will not have an opportunity to weigh in on our request. This Wednesday’s City Council hearing will begin at 2:30pm. It will be a virtual hearing through the city’s WebEx platform. To participate in the meeting, you must have access to either a telephone or a computer. You must have a schedule which allows you to be available in the middle of the day on a weekday. You must know that our item is on the agenda and which number it is on the agenda. You must be able to wait hours for our agenda item to be called. For these reasons and many others, it is unlikely that the people most impacted will be able to share their perspectives.
This is why we are counting on you to advocate for the people lacking shelter in our community. Even if you are unable to call in on Wednesday, there are still ways for you to use your voice. Today’s “Advocacy Ask” is that you help us flood the online comments section with comments in support of adding shelter beds.
To submit a comment of support, click here. You will go to page 5 and scroll down to Item #62. Select that you are “in support” and explain why you support adding shelter beds. Be as detailed and impactful as possible! Once you’ve made your comment, be sure to ask your friends, family members and loved ones to do the same. These comments are very important as they will become part of public record and will help highlight the overwhelming support for our request.
On Wednesday, you can click here to access the meeting virtually at 2:30pm. Because our agenda item is #62, we anticipate that it may take over an hour for the Council to get to our agenda item. So stay tuned and stay patient. We’ve been waiting over two years for this moment. Your voice is critical in our efforts to bring people #FromStreettoHome.