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Santa Barbara City Council receives status report on helping the homeless

Homeless status report given to Santa Barbara City Council

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara City Council listened to an update on what is being done to help the homeless on Tuesday.

They learned that a January count of homeless people within the city is down 10 percent from 2017.

They also learned that an effort is being made to reunite homeless people with family members.

Jessica Lucas told the council that she helped house a woman living near State Street on Tuesday.

She said she signed a lease and is sleeping in a bed for the first time in a long time.

But Michael Merenda said he is homeless following a fire and feels like he is left out in the cold because he doesn't have a substance abuse problem.

He said nonprofits need to do more for people like him.

The city allocated more than $1 million to deal with homeless impacts last year.

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