Interview with Palm Desert Mayor

Palm Desert Mayor Pro Tem Sabby Jonathan

Quotes drawn from Charter Local Edition Interview:

Moderator: ” while California has twelve percent of the entire US population we have twenty one percent of the homeless population”

We’re moving to a housing first model for homelessness

“the housing first model is not just housing first it’s about getting the homeless people into the system right registering them triaging them evaluating what their needs are and truly trying to match them to resources that might help them not be homeless any longer”

Public safety is taking up half our budget

“city of Palm Desert is not at all unusual and seeing its public safety costs rise very very significantly for the first time ever in the city of Palm Desert Public Safety takes over half of our budget”

The old model for dealing with homelessness doesn’t work

“we’re seeing different models of interaction with the homeless the old model which is oh there’s a homeless person maybe he’s doing something illegal made right but you know let’s let’s take him to jail okay you’re using four hours of deputy time you’re incurring the tremendous cost and the jails overcrowded and they can’t pay their fine well guess what happen hour later literally they’re out and I mean they may go back right to where they came from they may go to another city but you’ve not impacted homelessness and you’ve made life much more difficult for them to get out of that cycle because of what you just said now they’re got a court date which does likely going to miss so there’s going to be a warrant for their arrest”