NMCA requested the GPD and Greenville Homeless Alliance officials to provide a community update on Monday, November 18th at the Sears Community Center. Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. We anticipate completing those by 7:30 p.m. and allowing another 30 minutes for any other questions or topics not addressed.
With the upcoming holidays, you may benefit from insights from Greenville Police Officers directly involved in securing our streets and homes, and sharing their insights on home and package security, prevention of home and vehicle break-ins, and who to call if your experience or suspect a crime. You will hear from experts on security, crime investigation specialist (and forensics)—those that go to these crime scenes.
The GPD will also provide information on a ‘citizen ride-a-long’ program that allows each of us to better understand exactly what a patrol person’s work scope entails.
Dave Modeen, as a representative of North Main Community, has participated in several briefings in the past year on the matter of homelessness in our City and County. While significant resources and organizations have focused on this matter, as well as private citizens, tremendous challenges remain. A renewed focus via the Greenville Homeless Alliance (GHA) starting over three years ago to better coordinate all of these efforts, is showing progress. The scope includes:
• What We Know
• Contributing Factors
• Priorities for Action
Not surprising, the GPD officers are often the first point of contact for mediating issues of homelessness—and identifying the best entity to assist an individual or family. Susan McClarty, Director, GHA, chairs a committee of experts from GPD and many of the private and public organizations that offer assistance. Under her leadership, it recently released “An Update to the 2015 Homelessness White Paper”. She will provide you a deeper understanding about the residents of our community who are experiencing homelessness and what we can do as a community to make that experience brief and rare.
A link to the report is homelessness in Greenville County can be found at this site. The executive summary is on pages 3 and 4. Links are placed within the document to take you either the original data source or a page within the report.
Please join us for what should be an informative evening.