Jaclyn Tredway of Bay to Bay ServiceS has given them the opportunity to show their sincerity. She has resubmitted a bullet type summary of essentially the same plan that she first introduced to them a year ago, that would get the homeless off the streets almost immediately at almost Zero cost, and benefit by their community service. They have been invited to move from the "least friendly city" to the homeless, in the nation, to a roll model of how to not only shelter/house the homeless, but protect and develop their hidden value as assets to the greater community. Along with this summary and invitation, she has requested appointments to meet with Tom Barwin, and each commissioner, including Mayor Shaw, to discuss the details of goals, implementation and community involvement. We'll test the sincerity of their words, by observing the actions that follow.
Dear City Council Members, Mayor Shaw and City Manager, Tom Barwin,
I wish to test the sincerity of the sentiment stated in the Herald Tribune Article April 7, 2014. You are considering aspects of a plan proposed by Mr. Marbut, that would get the homeless off the streets, but is not supported by very vocal segments of the community, for fear of location close to residents and businesses. You are proposing to catch up to what cities across the nation are in a frenzy of implementation of: “Affordable Housing” utilizing “Tiny House Villages. This helps a few and still does not get the homeless off the streets, nor provide any growth opportunities beyond housing, and would probably end up like other public housing projects. What Bay to Bay Services is offering you, is a plan that would convert your city from being known as a “tail-dragger” to a “national role model” for a Community Development protocol that would not only shelter/house ALL the homeless, but transform them into community assets. This is the challenge I offer you. which moniker would you prefer ?
A year ago, June, after an altercation between a homeless individual and businessman, downtown, I started a series of addresses to this council which would get the homeless off the street very quickly and provide safety and security to ALL the citizens of Sarasota, from the chronic street homeless to all levels of the public and business community. The Bay to Bay Services’ proposal and implementation plans were extremely affordable and provided practical, community implemented means for safety and security for ALL the souls of Sarasota, Homeless and the Public. Since then BtBS has incorporated into it’s model the best of other proposals implemented nationally and proposed locally, and has gained much support.
I hope to meet with you, as you consider your plans for going forward on temporary housing for the street homeless. Bay to Bay’s evolved vision and plan is very easily implemented and would save the city and county untold dollars. But, more than that, it compels and inspires the chronic street homeless to engage in and advance in not only job skills, but life skills and character, with the ultimate goal being their transformation into assets of the community.