Support the Local Homeless Population

A man dying from the cold at Woodlake Nature Center is indicative of a structural failure for Richfield to support its own homeless population.  We lack shelter beds in the city and the county and need to do our part.  While we do have a strong system of support locally with a web of non-profit groups, the local government should provide a piece in that support structure.  

Proposal

  • Provide for city-owned shelter space in existing park structures and/or parking lots after hours.  Consider building a city-owned shelter space.  Provide space for a daytime drop-in program. Work with local non-profits, residents, and county government to provide ongoing support to these sites.
  • Support the creation of permafood/permaculture locations in city parks (e.g. neighborhood orchard, heirloom tomatoes, berries, mushrooms) .