Homeless taking on residence close to San Rafael 9/11 memorial


SAN RAFEAL, Calif. (KGO) — Marin County has the seventh highest per capita fee of homelessness within the nation. A big portion of them find yourself in downtown San Rafael, very near a memorial devoted to one of many individuals who misplaced their lives on 9/11.

Lauren Grandcolas was among the many casualties of the September 11 assaults. Town she lived in, San Rafael constructed a memorial one yr later.

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Immediately Peggy Butler introduced flowers to honor the 38-year-old who was three months pregnant on the time.

“However particularly the truth that she was from San Rafael and pregnant, so I at all times cease right here to pay my respects, yearly.”

However some complain that the location on 4th Avenue has change into a daily spot for the homeless and, at occasions, drug customers.

Town tries to maintain it clear.

“First, we have now a non-profit that helps clear up the realm and that is comprised of people who find themselves present or formally homeless, however it’s not simple by any means,” defined Andrew Hening, Director of Homeless Planning and Outreach.

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For one, final April, the ninth Circuit Courtroom of Appeals dominated {that a} homeless particular person can’t be pressured to depart a location if a metropolis doesn’t have sufficient shelter beds. San Rafael, like different cities, would not.

Nonetheless, this metropolis is making progress. Since 2017, San Rafael has diminished the variety of unsheltered homeless folks by 30 %.

“We actually have to concentrate on essentially the most seen, most susceptible folks and we’re going to concentrate on housing them,” added Hening.

However throughout our interview, we had been interrupted by a homeless man singing the Nationwide Anthem.

About two-thirds of these experiencing power homelessness, have psychological points.

The psychological well being useful resource officer for the police division was there and tried to succeed in out to him. Not everybody accepts the assistance supplied.

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“Once more, there’s a small share, it is in all probability…I can depend on two arms the quantity of people that steadfastly decline any provide of assist through the years,” mentioned Lynn Murphy, psychological Well being Outreach Liaison for the San Rafael Police.

However as we had been reminded by this homeless man, right now was about paying tribute to Lauren Grandcolas. The person known as “Canyon” took out his flute and commenced to play a tune in her honor.

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