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'A Significant Hand Up' 


This year, the Humboldt County Planning Commission is updating the Housing Element ("Draft Housing Element Calls for Drastic Solutions to Humboldt's Housing 'Crisis,'" May 23). What they presented to the public this spring was a comprehensive response to the housing crisis in our county. The plan offers options like tiny house villages, safe parking for those living in their vehicles and secure, legal camping. There are also opportunities for farmers to create farmworker housing on their properties.

There have been several public meetings to present this proposal to different communities. There is another one at 6 p.m. July 11 in Supervisors Chambers at the Courthouse in Eureka. The supervisors will not be there but the planners will answer questions and discuss the options. I am urging everyone who sees the urgency of our housing crisis to be there. This breakthrough proposal will only succeed if we, the public, support it and demand it. We have all been enduring this humanitarian catastrophe for too long.

You can access the plan by searching for "2019 Housing Element" on the official county website. Look for the draft report with public input. It is 18 pages long and two items, H-IM57 and H-IM58, at the bottom of page 16, are especially interesting.

I admire the far-reaching scope of this plan. It provides a sanctioned framework for community members to provide a significant hand up to their homeless neighbors on their way from safe, transitional shelter to more permanent housing.

Peg Anderson, Garberville

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