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Name not shown inside District 4 October 31, 2017, 11:15 AM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Yes


Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this agenda item?
It is exciting to see the city take initiative in addressing the needs of unhoused youth in Berkeley, and there must be staff and funding dedicated to working on these policies. That being said, the proposal is vague in what exactly the funding will go towards as well as the city's definition of "homeless youth." Additionally, it is imperative that youth experiencing homelessness are directly and actively involved throughout the entire process of policy writing and implementation. The city should work with organizations currently working with homeless youth to provide spaces for youth to learn about what is happening and collaborate with the city as well. The decision-making must stem from a collaborative community-based effort if it will be truly beneficial and should provide youth with ownership and a stake in the programs being created. It would be interesting to consider employment of youth in carrying out some of the initiatives being put forth. Overall, this is a great first step however the policy itself seems unclear at the moment and lacks institutionalized opportunity for youth involvement and feedback.

Nirvaan Khera inside District 7 October 31, 2017, 1:05 AM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Yes


Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this agenda item?
I believe youth homelessness is an issue to be resolved with different means than other kinds of homelessness and therefore should have its own policies to deal with it, as research claims. The section itself is a great step to fighting it and im sure it will positively alleviate distress from people facing youth homelessness and make the community a nicer happier place.However, in the near future, i would like the council to, if it hasnt already, consider to take input from people actually facing youth homelessness so their massive amount experience can be used well and they have the autonomy to choose how is it that they want to be helped rather than helping without consent in the old colonialist ways. Additionally, this link was very hard to find and i think was not really 'accessible' to the population, therefore i urge the council make similar links more accessible in the future and also acknowledge that the responses received are not a fraction of a total population but of a small part.

Sumaiya Mubarack inside District 4 October 30, 2017, 9:52 PM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Yes


Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this agenda item?
Yes! Homeless youth are so underrepresented in homeless youth counts, and there are so few services available in Berkeley targeted for this population. Please fund this--we meet with youth every week who need to be recognized by their local governments rather than ignored.

Name not shown inside District 7 October 30, 2017, 9:51 PM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Yes


Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this agenda item?
Make sure the item is Youth centric; SHOWERS;

Name not shown inside District 7 October 30, 2017, 9:51 PM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Yes


Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this agenda item?
I really support additional housing and employment programs for youth. I think the city should add additional polls of actual unhoused youth to tailor funding to their needs.

Natalia Garrotto outside Berkeley Districts October 30, 2017, 9:50 PM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Yes


Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this agenda item?
Unhoused youth have the right to be treated and provided proper resources to be allocated specifically targeting this conversation. Too often this population is overwhelmed by the greater age demographic of the unhoused population. Please ensure that you all talk to actual unhoused youth so your decisions are informed to the fullest extent in empowering these individuals

Name not shown inside District 7 October 30, 2017, 9:50 PM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Yes


Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this agenda item?
I believe that this is a step in the right directions, although specified policy and the input of actual homeless youth would be especially helpful, especially in light of some of the current aid youth do get.

Leili Hashemi inside District 7 October 30, 2017, 9:48 PM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Yes

Name not shown inside District 3 October 30, 2017, 8:47 PM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Yes


Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this agenda item?
The development of a homeless youth policy should be created by the experts on youth homelessness: youth who have experienced homelessness. Without their input, the policy will be ineffective at best and detrimental at worst.

Zach Cowan inside District 6 October 28, 2017, 6:48 PM

Should the Council approve this agenda item?
Other/see comments


Is there anything you would like the Council to consider regarding this agenda item?
This item is backwards. The City has talented and dedicated homeless staff. They actually know quite a lot. (They're also quite busy.) Rather than specifying a number of proposed solutions that have apparently already been formulated and have the support of the sponsors, the proper course would be to state the problem and ask staff to propose solutions (and a budget). Instead, this item states what the solutions are and then sends everyone off on a months-long process to talk about them. That said, this item has lots of good ideas, though some of them are a bit vague. But none of them are free, and some are obviously quite expensive. It is always desirable to do more good things, but at some point the disconnect between aspirations and resources turns items like this into a wasteful feel-good exercise in wishful thinking, rather than a smart use of limited resources. On that score, the proposal to “Designat[e] a percentage of the homelessness budget to be spent on youthspecific [sic.] homelessness initiatives” is not a rational or well-advised way to develop a budget. Budgeting is supposed to consist of making hard choices in real time given limited resources and changing needs. Designating an arbitrary percentage of “the homelessness budget” – which is itself subject to change annually – for yet to be determined “youthspecific [sic.] homelessness initiatives” is just window dressing. Finally, no comment on a Council-originated staff report would be complete without a mention of its analysis of “Financial Implications”. In this case, that analysis reads, in its entirety, “Staff time”. We had already guessed that. But how much staff time? More to the point, which staff? The City has a limited number of staff who have the knowledge and expertise to advise on this referral. These staff members are already working on... homelessness. So how much staff time does this item propose to take away from providing homeless services? What are the tradeoffs? And how do the costs of the proposed planning process compare to what is likely to be accomplished at the end of the day given resource constraints?