Reader's View: Homelessness initiative needs detailed planning

This plan is addressing a very complex problem.

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A front-page article described Stepping On Up, a proposed multi-organizational program to address homelessness in Duluth — at a price tag of $33 million (“ A place to call home in the outdoors: Local nonprofits aim to set up sanctioned spaces for homeless ,” July 27). The article broadly described the initiative’s goals.

I would hope that before funding is authorized, plan proponents have discussions with stakeholders including the homeless, the medical community, social services, public health, public safety, neighbors, and those responsible for the financial management of the program's implementation. I would hope that during those discussions root causes of homelessness are identified and that defined goals, a measurable process, and outcome indicators are developed to evaluate the success in reaching desired outcomes. Those goals and outcomes must represent all stakeholders. Finally, the plan must establish a timetable for reporting the progress of implementation, with an after-action report and annual evaluation.

This plan is addressing a very complex problem. Finding solutions needs to be done with much planning.

William Lundberg



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