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Helping the Redding Community Prosper

The Good News Rescue Mission hopes to help with the homeless problem the city is facing through a new outreach program.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2018 5:52 PM
Updated: Oct. 10, 2018 9:50 AM

REDDING, Calif - "For any community to prosper three things need to prosper: Your commerce, your tourism, and your law enforcement have to prosper," said Good News Rescue Mission director Jonathon Anderson.

On Saturday, the Good News Rescue Mission first proposed this radical idea at their annual gala.

Anderson said that the homeless issue in Redding is affecting tourism and commerce.

"As long as there is someone who is homeless that is sleeping in front of a place of business, your commerce will not prosper," Anderson said. "Your tourism will have a strain on it and law enforcement will have a strong strain." 

However, the Good News Rescue Mission along with their national organization has come up with a solution to the problem. They will be getting vans to get take the 300 homeless residents off the streets of Redding and freeing up time for the police.

"Now police can focus on a criminal aspect instead of trying to be a social service agency," Anderson said. 

He said that his program has been successful in their Washington state location by giving homeless residents resources to stay off the streets.

Action News Now reached out to the Redding Police Department to learn more about the strain the homeless community has on their day to day operations.

The police chief was not available for comment. As for the community, they all seem excited for the proposal.

"Everybody thinks it's a great idea, because it's a huge need in our community right now," Anderson said. "You know at the mission we serve about 3,000 people annually and that's not what our community sees because they are not on the street. What our community sees is the people on the street." 

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