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AI- 4191   9.    
City Council Agenda
Meeting Date: 02/04/2014  
Subject:    Freezing Night Program Impacts
Presenter: Bill McDonald
Department: City Manager's Office  

Recommended Action
This is a status report on how the Freezing Nights program has been working this year. It is midseason and the rules that were adopted during the summer have had some time to work.
The Homeless Task Force convened during the summer of 2013 to review complaints associated with the operation of the Freezing Nights Program by local Puyallup churches. Prominent among the recommendations was the ability to bar individuals that are disruptive from the program and establishing a pickup and drop-off site outside of the downtown area. Freezing Night also decided to change their leadership structure to provide better oversight. The task force offered to reconvene if requested.
Previous Actions (Discussions/Presentations)
On March 26, 2013, following a presentation on the impacts of the transient population on City services and resources, the City Council directed staff to form a task force to discuss pertinent issues, identify measurable goals, evaluate options for addressing concerns while allowing needs to be met, and develop pro-active and workable solutions.

On August 13, 2013, the Task Force on Homelessness presented its recommendations to Council, which conceptually accepted the report and directed the City Manager to return with guidance on implementing the recommendations.

On September 19, 2013, specific actions for implementing the recommendations were proposed with the aim of reducing negative impacts.
Summary of Proposal
This is a discussion item requested by the Council. If there have been issues Councilmembers wish to address this is the opportunity. A Freezing Nights representative has been invited to attend to answer questions Councilmembers may have.
None considered

Fiscal Impact
No file(s) attached.

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