BRAWLEY — Homeless are being housed in Brawley motels, according to Brawley Council member Luke Hamby.
"Imperial County administers the program that works with each homeless applicant to get the vouchers to for the motel. A total of 47 rooms, per the County, are being used to house the homeless," said Hamby. "I would imagine that some rooms have more than one person occupying. All of the individuals utilizing the program are supposedly locals to Brawley."
"Some are not necessarily what you think of when you picture our homeless," continued Hamby. "Some were apparently couch surfing with friends or family and responded to the program faster than others you would probably recognize as truly homeless. I believe it was a first come, first served availability."
According to Hamby, the City receives no kickback or incentive for allowing the program to run in Brawley, other than it gets the City closer to meeting the requirements from the State so the City can move towards reopening local businesses.
"One of their many metrics to reopening is that we have a certain number of units available for housing the homeless," said Hamby. "According to our city manager, homeless are not being bussed in or brought in from out of the area, the City receives no money from the program, and the Brawley Police department has increased their presence in the areas around the motels being used."