Two public sessions set on how to deal with Columbia’s homeless population

cleblanc@thestate.comApril 22, 2013 

— Anyone who has good ideas for how to deal with Columbia's downtown homelessness population is invited to two public sessions this month.

Residents who cannot attend the sessions, sponsored by the city of Coumbia, are asked to email their suggestions to

The meetings and the public input are designed for residents to spell out what Councilman Cameron Runyan calls "constructive" suggestions -- not simply to complain about problems such as panhandling, littering and general unease with homeless people in the city center.

Both meetings are to be held in the new community center at Earlewood Park, 1113 Parkside Drive.

The first meeting is on Friday4/26 from 9 a.m. to noon. The second is on Tuesday, April 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Generally, when residents speak at City Council meetings, their comments are limited to three minutes.

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