Local

San Rafael To Explore Whether It Should Pay Homeless To Relocate

by Carlos E. Castañeda
View Comments
(CBS) Don Ford
Don Ford joined KPIX 5 as a Multi-Media Journalist (MMJ) in 2011...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Trending Now

mobile home park San Rafael To Explore Whether It Should Pay Homeless To Relocatehttp://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/09/27/growing-list-of-norcal-communities-counties-running-out-of-water-in-just-60-days/

mustache thief San Rafael To Explore Whether It Should Pay Homeless To RelocateAlleged Shoplifter Nicknamed ‘El Mustachio The Magician’ Arrested At Santa Cruz Costco

jung San Rafael To Explore Whether It Should Pay Homeless To RelocateNotorious Ex-Cocaine Kingpin George Jung Out of Prison, Living In San Francisco

hail fall napa San Rafael To Explore Whether It Should Pay Homeless To RelocateWild Weather: Lightning, Hail Strike Napa, Heavy Rain In North Bay

uber San Rafael To Explore Whether It Should Pay Homeless To RelocateSan Francisco Uber Driver Charged With Attacking Passenger With Hammer

SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — San Rafael is exploring whether it should emulate a plan used by the city of Albany to reduce the number of homeless people in the city by paying them to move.

Last Friday was the deadline for homeless to move out an area known as the Albany Bulb in exchange for a $3,000 payment – an arrangement included as part of a settlement in a lawsuit against Albany over homeless evictions.

San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips told KPIX 5 he was philosophically opposed to paying people to leave but in some cases the plan could help people return to their families.

“If we find homeless individuals that have parents or relatives willing to accommodate them, we might assist them returning to that home location,” Phillips told KPIX 5.

Phillips also told the Marin Independent Journal the idea of paying homeless to relocate is worth considering.

“At this point, I’ve certainly thought about it,” Phillips told the Marin IJ. “I’ve received a number of emails just this week about encampments at Dominican [College]. They’re up in arms.”

Two homeless people at Boyd Park in San Rafael told KPIX 5 they would “take the money and run,” although one of them said $3,000 isn’t enough to really change the situation in the long run.

More than 933 homeless people live in Marin County, about half of those are in San Rafael, according to the county’s latest homeless census in 2013.

 

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 55,693 other followers