This morning, a third effort to clean up the Susan Riverwalk of homeless encampments continues. Chief of Police Ryan Cochran says officers will work alongside the city public works staff to complete the clean-up.
The concern that the homeless have been taking up residence along the river has grown over the last few months as local businesses and homeowners have reported more crime. The Susanville fire department has also responded to multiple cooking fires, in addition to the large amounts of trash and visible encampments, creating an eyesore in one of the city’s features.
The permanent local housing allocation plan was also approved during the council’s Wednesday meeting. Council member Schuster wanted to clarify that the city will not be building or providing housing for the homeless. Still, the city will be bringing those experiencing homelessness social services through a new managerial-type position. City Administrator Dan Newton says ideally, this position will reside in the Police Department to enable a better relationship with officers and the homeless they are assisting with the help of county services through their behavioral and social services already in place.
The application for funding to support filling this position must be submitted and awarded by October 31st.