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November 5, 2019 <br />Fullerton City Council <br />City Hall <br />303 W. Commonwealth <br />Fullerton, CA 92832 <br />Esteemed Mayor Silva and Council Members; <br />Our first UU principle declares the inherent worth and dignity of every person. As a congregant of the <br />Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fullerton, I urge you to offer dignity and a greater sense of self- <br />worth to those who are homeless in our city by providing funding and ongoing support for the proposed <br />150 -bed shelter with Illumination Foundation. I applaud your recent declaration of a "shelter crisis," but <br />words ring hollow without action. <br />Apart from the obvious moral and humanitarian reasons for providing shelter and services for people <br />who are homeless in our community, there are some practical concerns which support working with <br />Illumination Foundation to provide shelter, services, and recuperative care for 150 folks in our <br />community: <br />* The 2017 United Way/ UCI study on the cost of homelessness in Orange County estimated that <br />it cost roughly twice as much in public funding to support a person who is chronically homeless with <br />emergency medical services, policing, etc. than it does to provide permanent support housing. Everyone <br />wants their tax dollars to be used wisely. <br />* The Illumination Foundation has a remarkable track record in moving those who are homeless <br />into permanent supportive housing, and in providing recuperative care for individuals who are homeless <br />and recovering from illness or disability. The Voice of OC reported that 53 of 60 people from the Santa <br />Ana River encampment were placed in permanent supportive housing through the Illumination <br />Foundation. Hopefully, this level of success will be replicated in Fullerton. <br />The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fullerton has been an active supporter of people who are <br />homeless in our city for many years. For every Wednesday that the Armory has been open in the past <br />20+ years, volunteers from our congregation have been there to help. The local organization, Career <br />Wise, had its beginnings in our congregation, and served to help many people who were homeless to <br />find employment or further their education. UUCF has hosted three public forums on homelessness. <br />We have participated in many other efforts to provide for those who are without a home, and we will be <br />there to support the new 150 -bed shelter in Fullerton in whatever way we can. <br />Thank you for this opp unity to share my opinion, <br /> <br /> <br />