Council member looks to address homelessness

By: Christian von Preysing Email
By: Christian von Preysing Email
Laredo Council Member Mike Garza is proposing a resolution by the City Council in favor of a federal bill dealing with homelessness.

Mike Garza

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Laredo Council Member Mike Garza wants the city to get behind congressional legislation to assist the homeless.

Garza is asking the Laredo City Council to approve a resolution to support the Homeless Children and Youth Act.

He said the legislation would let municipalities use government money more freely to help the homeless, and especially school-age homeless children.

Garza, who chairs the Laredo Homeless Assistance Committee said his priority is to build temporary, transitional housing for those in need.

"We've already designated 300 families under those conditions. And most of them would be classified as homeless because they are living in hotels, motels, horse stables in some cases," said Garza.

Garza said the city receives $3 million per year in federal block grants. Those are divided up to different projects, including those to tackle homelessness.

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