Chamber of commerce conducting comprehensive study on homelessness
Chamber seeks community volunteers for ‘Paso Robles Unhoused Population Futures Study’
– The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce announced a new partnership with the City of Paso Robles that will explore and analyze homelessness within the community by conducting a comprehensive, multi-week study. The Paso Robles Unhoused Population Futures Study will be facilitated by consultant Bill Whalen of Whalen & Associates beginning March 14, with plans to present report findings and recommendations to the City Council in May.
The chamber sent an email solicitation to community members encouraging anyone who is interested in participating to fill out an application by March 10. The volunteer committee will brainstorm, conduct independent research, and join in on facilitated group discussions. The chamber seeks to select “dedicated volunteers with diverse identities, beliefs, and lived experiences to best represent the larger Paso Robles community.”
Chamber President and CEO Gina Fitzpatrick credited the work of the city and local nonprofit organizations for addressing the challenges of homelessness and supporting the unhoused population but hopes the study can complement their efforts by pairing community input with long-term analysis and providing suggested actions validated by detailed research.
“As Roblans, we’re committed to strengthening our community and addressing the unique challenges we face together. This study will bring together diverse thoughts and perspectives on the topic of homelessness and offer solution-oriented recommendations for the future,” Fitzpatrick said.
Applications will be accepted until Thursday, March 10. For more information, visit pasorobleschamber.com.