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Pascagoula, Miss. August 17, 2017 – Homelessness is an unfortunate reality for some in Pascagoula. In an effort to strategically address the issue and foster a dialogue that leads to coordinated action, the Mayor and City Council authorized the creation of the Shared Community Outreach and Engagement advisory committee (SCORE) at its August 1, 2017, City Council meeting.
The members of SCORE were appointed at the August 15, 2017, City Council meeting. The volunteers represent a diverse group of stakeholders and community partners who are committed to a truthful dialogue that ultimately gets results for Pascagoula.
“To properly address this issue, every segment of the community must come to the table as we seek a way forward in addressing the many needs facing both our homeless and our citizens in general,” Mayor Dane Maxwell said. “This group will work with other efforts along the Coast that are ongoing, but will be Pascagoula focused.”
Assistant City Manager Frank Corder will serve as the committee chairman and will facilitate the committee’s efforts, reporting back to the Mayor and City Council once a strategic plan of action has been agreed upon by the SCORE committee.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that we must directly address this issue with an open, honest dialogue,” Corder said. “SCORE formally recognizes the need to engage in further research and coordination that both improves the lives of the chronic homeless in the City and seeks to address the safety concerns for the community as a whole.”
“This is a first step in what, I truly hope, will be an effective effort of outreach and engagement to listen, learn, coordinate and act as a shared community to bring a proactive approach rather than a reactive approach to addressing this matter,” Corder added.
The committee is comprised of 20 members.
The City of Pascagoula, Mississippi’s Flagship City, is located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It is 15.38 square miles in size and is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the south and the Pascagoula River, the last free-flowing river in the United States. With a population of over 22,000 people, Pascagoula is home to two of Mississippi’s largest employers, Huntington-Ingalls Shipbuilding and the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram!