Dallas Commission on Homelessness Holds First Public Meeting

It's been nearly two months since tent city shut down.

But is the city of Dallas any closer to fixing the homeless problem?

Monday, the Dallas Commission on Homelessness held the first of many forums focused on making a real impact on the homeless population.

About 50 people attended the meeting at city hall including members of local non-profits and shelters, city leaders and members of the homeless community.

“At the end of the day, the solution is simple. We need housing in our community so that our residents can live safely and soundly and have that basic right of food and shelter and roof over their head,” said Blake Fetterman, executive director of the Salvation Army, Carr P. Collin Center in Dallas.

Mayor Mike Rawlings formed the Commission in early May, weeks after the city closed tent city. About 400 homeless people used to live in tent city. Now, new campsites are forming nearby.

“All you really did was shuffle people around and in about six months you're going to have to do that again, and in six months after that you’re going to do it again. It’s not going to stop,” said David Green, a homeless man who lives near the former site of tent city.

The Commission will hold another meeting Tuesday, June 21, from 6-8 pm at Harry Stone Recreation Center located at 2403 Millmar Drive. 

Several more meetings will be held during the next six to eight weeks. The Commission will report its findings to the Dallas City Council on August 2. 

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