The city leader Teri Holtkamp is meeting today with the Waco Youth Council to discuss new ways to help homeless.
The goal is to not duplicate other agencies’ ways of helping these individuals.
The city also closely works with the Waco Independent School District on tackling the issue of homeless students, especially children.
There has been an increase in runaways on the streets of Waco.
However, the overall number of homeless individuals has been drastically declining for the past 11 years.
The number went down from about 600 homeless individuals to about 40.
Half of them are veterans.
Eliminating panhandling is the main goal of city, as it simply doesn’t help the way most people think it does.
Instead of giving cash to homeless, the city encourages people to give out bus passes and pamphlets with information about available resources.
Such resources include Salvation Army, Mission Waco, Family Abuse Center and others.
There is also shelter and two daily meals available for those in need.
For more information on how to direct homeless to the right resources, please visit actlocallywaco.org or prosperwaco.org. or, heartoftexashomeless.org.
The city encourages citizens to have bus passes and pamphlets on them or in a car in case a homeless person approaches them.