City Council approves homeless committee - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

City Council approves homeless committee

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock City Council members approved the creation of a homeless committee on Wednesday. This comes after supporters spoke for more than an hour during citizens comments.

Advocates filled the council chambers, leaving standing room only. Fifteen people stepped up to the podium and asked the city to bridge community organizations and non-profits together to create solutions to the homeless issue.

"I'm not for a city run shelter or city money going to fund a shelter but I do think a partnership is necessary to provide positive long term solutions," said Chad Wheeler, Pastor at Carpenter's Church.

The committee passed five votes to two. Mayor Tom Martin and Councilman Paul Beane voted no. Councilman Todd Klein calls the committee a victory for the issue of homelessness.

"What I hope to see is 17 people hold meetings that are accessible to the larger community," said Councilman Klein. "I've had 30 people call and tell me they want to serve on the committee."

The council wants to hear back from the committee before making a decision on two ordinances that would prohibit people from hanging around the Mahon Library in the overnight hours and storing personal belongings on city property.

There will be 17 members on the homeless committee that will be named later in November.

©2010 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved.

 

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Here's how to help those affected by the Big Island eruptions

    Here's how to help those affected by the Big Island eruptions

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:38 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:38:11 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)

    In times of disaster, the Hawaii community comes together to help those in need. No different is the eruption at Kilauea. 

    In times of disaster, the Hawaii community comes together to help those in need. No different is the eruption at Kilauea. 

  • School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

    School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:52:04 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:37 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:37:05 GMT
    (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

  • Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

    Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

    Monday, May 21 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-05-22 01:12:35 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:34 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:34:05 GMT
    Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series, has died at his home in Maine.

    Artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series, has died at his home in Maine.

Powered by Frankly