Citywide budget cuts due to the pandemic reduced the CARE and CARE + program reducing homeless encampment cleanups in my district to one day a week. As a member of the Budget Committee, I saw the importance of preserving resources that provide these essential city services. I fought to restore CARE and CARE + services from one to five days a week. This week, Sanitation resumed its five-day services operation on a rotation basis, including RV locations, to cover multiple areas throughout the 7th Council District.
We all want clean, safe neighborhoods, and it takes all of us to work together to address these challenges and to identify solutions and procedures that help individuals and families into a housing solution. Adding four additional cleanups each week means bulky items and trash will be removed from the streets more often, clearing public right-of-ways and making it safer for pedestrians.
CARE teams provide spot cleaning services while CARE + teams provide comprehensive cleanups that allow sanitation workers to store personal property that is obstructing the public right of way. For each area, the sanitation teams visit, outreach service providers will be present to connect our unhoused individuals with housing solutions and services.
With the budget dollars committed to our district, we will improve the cleanliness of our neighborhoods. If you are experiencing homelessness or know someone who is in need of resources, please dial the 2-1-1 homelessness hotline. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/34NlkAJ. To report an area in your neighborhood in need of CARE or CARE + services, call 3-1-1.
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