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Mayor formally introduces two members of city's homeless team

New Homeless Program team announced
Posted at 5:37 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 16:31:52-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The city is stepping up its efforts to address the homeless issue here.

Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb and City Manager Peter Zanoni today presented two of the three-person team that will take on that task for the city.

Barton Bailey will lead the team. He’s the new Homelessness Services and Workforce Housing administrator.

As senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Corpus Christi, Bailey addressed homelessness issues.

Emily Shafer is the city's new homelessness outreach coordinator. She's been collecting data on the homeless during the past few months as an intern.

“People have a big heart and they want to help and what we're doing by this program under the direction of the city manager is elevating our commitment to addressing this issue,” McComb said. "Our goal really is to end homelessness.”

The mayor says the key to the team's success will be identifying area agencies that work with the homeless and making sure those who need their help know how to get it.

One priority will be to identify homeless vets and let them know what services are available to them.