MAY 12, 2022, 12:30 p.m. - WORKSHOP and CITY MANAGER'S BRIEFING
OF THE MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
The work session and City Manager’s briefing was held at 12:30 p.m. Mayor Johnson recognized Alderman Purtee to offer a prayer.
PRESENT: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, Presiding
Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter, At-Large, Post 1
Alderwoman Alicia Miller Blakely, At-Large, Post 2
Alderwoman Bernetta B. Lanier, District 1
Alderman Detric Leggett, District 2
Alderwoman Linda Wilder-Bryan, District 3
Alderman Nick Palumbo, District 4, Vice-Chairman
Alderwoman Dr. Estella Edwards Shabazz, District 5, Mayor Pro-Tem
Alderman Kurtis Purtee, District 6
City Manager Joseph A. Melder
Chief of Staff Daphanie Williams
City Attorney Bates Lovett
Clerk of Council Mark Massey
Deputy Clerk of Council Margaret Fox
|Workshop Agenda Items|
|1. Homelessness Discussion|
|Exhibit 1: Homelessness Council Presentation 05122022.pptx|
Mayor Johnson thanked Team Savannah for their work on Savannah Gardens allowing an additional 84 units of affordable housing in the community. He introduced City Manager Melder to address homelessness in the city.
City Manager Melder discussed all aspects of homelessness and thanked the city partners for their support and recommendations. He outlined some of the strategies that will be implemented to address the homelessness challenges in the city.
Mr. Melder introduced Chief of Community Services Officer Taffanye Young, and Housing & Neighborhood Services Director Martin Fretty as the presenters. He informed Council there is an item (Resolution) on the agenda of great importance in addressing the homelessness issues facing the city. This is not a new entity, it is a framework to make sure all stakeholders have a voice in addressing the issues. He thanked the Continuum of Care Board for adopting the Interagency Council on Homelessness as their governing structure.
Whereupon the presentation was made.
Mr. Melder recognized Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless Director Jennifer Darsey who thanked Mayor, and Council for their support and the opportunity to participate as a stakeholder in addressing homelessness in Chatham/Savannah. Continuum of Care Board Chairman Karen Quinn and Katrina Bostick were also in attendance. City Manager Melder also thanked Chatham County who began this effort years ago to address homelessness.
Following the presentation, there was discussion as it relates to the information received, suggested recommendations, and possible support for the homelessness solutions in the city:
Mayor Johnson thanked Council for saying homelessness is wrong and making it a priority. The Resolution on today's agenda allows the city to move forward and he is asking for approval.
Mayor Johnson concluded by stating City Manager Melder will represent the citizens of Savannah on the Board.
The PowerPoint presentation is available and on file in the Clerk of Council's office.
Mayor Johnson adjourned the Workshop at 1:34 p.m.
A video recording of the workshop can be found by copying and inserting the link below in your url:
Mark Massey, Clerk of Council
Date Minutes Approved: May 26, 2022