More than 60 people — including residents, city leaders as well as police and fire personnel — attended the first town hall meeting in Reedley on the evening of Jan. 28.
The topic of the meeting was “So Many Homeless People in Reedley Now!” and is the first of a series of town hall meetings that will be scheduled throughout the next several months. All meetings are in the Senior Room at the Reedley Community Center.
“Let me start off by saying that for the last year or so, maybe a little longer, about once a week, I will get an email, or a text, or someone will stop me and tell me they just saw a homeless person in the park,” said Nicole Zieba, City Manager for the City of Reedley. “I have to chuckle to myself and at the same time think, yes I know we have homeless people in Reedley.”
Zieba added that currently there are anywhere from 25 to 35 homeless people living in Reedley, and most are suffering from some type of mental illness or substance abuse problem.
“We know their names, we know their addictions, we know why they’re homeless generally, we know their family situations,” she said. “Some of them get aid, we know where they get their aid, some of them get services we know what their services are.”
Zieba also told those in attendance that the homeless population they were talking about were not those who have temporary emergencies that have left them without a place to stay.
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