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.
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