Baytown, Texas (AP) – Residents and residents’ groups have launched a campaign calling for a “safe haven” for the chronically homeless in the downtown Baytown area of Houston.
The nonprofit, the Baytown Homeless Coalition, launched a petition Wednesday asking residents to send an email to the Houston Mayor’s office and request an emergency meeting to discuss how to better provide a place for people to live while homeless.
The coalition is urging the mayor to take action by appointing a task force on homelessness.
The coalition said it has received about 2,000 letters from people who want to live in a safe, permanent place while they wait for their housing vouchers to be issued.
They are seeking to have their housing voucher issued by Dec. 31, 2019.
The group said in its petition that if the city doesn’t address homelessness, there will be “more and more of us who will end up sleeping on the streets and in substandard, unsafe housing.”