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.
- 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) .