Dallas City Hall Hosts First of Several Meetings About Homelessness

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DALLAS -- The homeless community in Dallas known as Tent City was shut down by city officials back in May but, unfortunately, that's done little to solve the city's homeless issue. Which is why City Hall is hosting a series of meetings focused on sheltering the homeless.

"I want to find out, as a private citizen, what I can be doing to help forward this issue and be part of the solution,” says longtime Dallas resident Kathy Shockley.

It's the first of several meetings that will take place over the next six weeks. The goal is to get community organizations and Dallas residents together to create a plan of action against homelessness. “Each one of these meetings over the next several weeks will have a different topic or different focus,” explains Tanner Ragan, an appointee on the Dallas Commission on Homelessness. “It will vary; anything from housing to shelter to mental health."

Monday's discussion focused on getting the homeless into shelters. Deen Jones, who was homeless for over 20 years, thinks that City Hall's initiative can only do good. "For the city to be addressing this issue like they're doing now and having more than just one meeting, I think it's awesome. I'm going to be here for every one of them," Jones said.