Salvation Army Maj. Dwayne Durham of the Salvation Army listens as Adell Erozer, executive director of Turning Points, makes a point during a roundtable discussion on homelessness Friday at the Bradenton Herald. MARC R. MASFERRER/Bradenton Herald
Salvation Army Maj.
Dwayne Durham of the Salvation Army listens as Adell Erozer, executive director of Turning Points, makes a point during a roundtable discussion on homelessness Friday at the Bradenton Herald.
Those on the front lines included Turning Points Executive Director Adell Erozer and Salvation Army's Major Dwayne Durham and Program Director Julia Showers.
said one of the biggest things making an impact on the homeless in other communities are "housing first" initiatives.
"What we've done here is create a great network of services, but we haven't looked at what we can do to get people off the streets," said Erozer
"Shelters are over-capacity and they do not get people off the street.
I'm looking for collaboration with those that can develop housing strategies."
The very term "affordable housing" has negative perceptions to the general public.
So much so, that those trying to build low- to moderate-income housing prefer the term "workforce housing.
Changing public perception, Erozer
said, is accomplished by putting a legitimate face on the homeless.
said there is a system in place to document those who are in need of help, but she
called for help in creating a database.
Poston and Erozer
said times have changed since that plan was developed 10 years ago, and agreed with Gustafson that a new plan needs to focus on the county's challenges of today.