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City still working on filling homeless department positions

Posted at 7:50 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-19 19:46:55-04

When Peter Zanoni became city manager in May, he said the city should have a bigger role in dealing with the homeless problem.

In July, he announced his plan create a city department that would coordinate the efforts of agencies that work with the homeless.

Zanoni said he wanted that position filled by Oct. 1, but that hasn't happened yet. A staff member with the city's Human Resources Department says it’s still in the hiring process for the newly-formed office.

The positions the city created are a supervisor, a homeless outreach coordinator, and a workforce housing coordinator.

All three will work with nearly 35 agencies in Corpus Christi to help the city's homeless.

Mission 911 is one of the agencies they'll work with.

"We need a go-to person that we can go to in the city and just share our concerns, and the city can share their concerns to us, and we can work together as a partnership to help those who are struggling in poverty and homeless," said Mission 911’s Tony Reyes.

In the meantime, a group of interns from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi have been collecting important data from the homeless and homeless agencies for the past two years.

Their data will be used by the new homeless liaisons when they begin work.

The staff member with the city's Human Resources Department would not say when they expect to fill the three positions.