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Grass Valley to hold homelessness workshop

A special workshop aimed at addressing homeless issues of the community will be held by the city of Grass Valley at the council chambers at 125 East Main St. on Tuesday.

The town-hall styled meeting is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and will take the place before the regularly scheduled council meeting.

According to the public workshop announcement, the council will be holding a community discussion regarding homelessness in and around the City of Grass Valley. The City Council is seeking community input on concerns and ideas to better address the homelessness impact on the community. Staff will have brief presentations on what is and has been done and the current challenges.



“Really, we want to have an open and candid discussion regarding concerns with homelessness,” Grass Valley Mayor Jason Fouyer said by phone Sunday.

Fouyer cited the recent vegetation fire that was sparked by a homeless man in Grass Valley Sept. 17 as one of the challenges that the homeless population has created for the city.




“We want to listen to the community and give them an option to express their thoughts,” Fouyer added. “We have a lot of different groups that want different things.”

While Fouyer isn’t expecting a monumental change in the problem, he is hoping that Tuesday’s meeting will help to make a difference.

“Maybe we’ll make some small incremental change to help the situation.”

In other Grass Valley City Council news, the council plans to hear and update from the marijuana committee and also plans to start a discussion on whether or not to ban the $1 liquor bottles from being sold in the city since they are constantly found in the vicinity of homeless encampments.

To contact Staff Writer Elias Funez, email efunez@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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