City Council denies homelessness committee - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/25/10

City Council denies homelessness committee

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock City Council votes "No" on a resolution to create a new committee to combat homelessness in Lubbock.

NewsChannel 11 first told you about the resolution to create the committee on Daybreak Today. Councilman Todd Klein recommended a nine member group to call attention to the issue, and come up with new, forward thinking ideas.

"They're still a part of our constituency, part of this community, and they deserve a spot at the table," says Councilman Todd Klein.

On Thursday morning, Council rejected the resolution with a four to three vote. Linda DeLeon, Todd Klein and Floyd Price all voted for the committee. John Leonard, Tom Martin, Jim Gilbreath and Paul Bean all voted against.

Some members shared concerns about not being able to act on recommendations the committee would make, while others said it would create a slippery slope, because there are several other issue within the City that need attention.

"What should city government be doing? Should city government be focusing on these social issues, or should we be sticking to blocking and tackling these kinds of things," says Councilman Jim Gilbreath.

Several members of Lubbock's homeless community and advocates shared with us their disappointment of the Council's decision.

Coming up tonight on NewsChannel 11 at 6 we will have their story.

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