Council Approves Super Agency of Homeless Support

A new streamlined super agency designed to cut through bureaucratic red tape and more efficiently direct resources to Santa Barbara’s chronically homeless almost got snagged in four months’ worth of additional red tape as the City Council debated small but politically volatile wording differences in the new entity’s mission statement. Eventually, the council approved the formation of the Central Coast Collaborative on Housing, which will fuse many of the existing homeless advisory groups and put no less than nine elected officials on its board of directors. The annual budget for the new organization is $250,000, and the council voted to kick in $75,000.

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