Homelessness is an important issue in our community. The city works closely with a coalition of service providers to address homeless concerns. Much of that work focuses on preparing individuals to be successful in the job market, a key to helping the homeless achieve economic self-sufficiency. There are many good job programs -- such as the Edge program at Goodwill Industries -- in the community. When using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant dollars, the city is also obligated to give preference to contractors that hire low-income workers in the neighborhoods where the money is spent. These programs and tools can help give the homeless an opportunity to participate in the city’s growth and development. There is an annual count of the homeless, but this population is hard to reach. It is tough, but we want to be a part of the solution and address barriers.