Business owners are growing frustrated with Des Moines’ homeless population


People talk about the homeless population in downtown Des Moines. Near services and shelters in central Iowa, there are signs that people are sleeping outside. Near the Surety hotel there are also signs that people call the street home. 2020. Since then, homeless activity has increased,” said Tara McFarling, Director of Sales and Marketing for Surety Hotel. McFarling was one of the few people to speak about the issue at Monday’s city council meeting. say we are asking for your help,” McFarling said. She says it is time to find a solution. The YMCA Supportive Housing Campus is doing its part. services in a supportive community around them,” said Executive Director Katie Kamienski. The supportive housing campus has its limitations. Councilman Joe Gatto said homelessness is a complex issue involving addictions and mental health issues. A team approach is what it will take to create real change. “It’s not just a City of Des Moines problem. We need to work with everyone to be able to provide the best services,” Gatto said.

People talk about the homeless population in downtown Des Moines.

Near services and shelters in central Iowa, there are signs that people are sleeping outside.

Near the Surety Hotel there are also signs that people call the street home.

“We opened in 2020. Since then we’ve seen an increase in homeless activity,” said Tara McFarling, director of sales and marketing for Surety Hotel.

McFarling was one of the few people to speak on the issue at Monday’s city council meeting.

“We went to say we’re asking for your help,” McFarling said.

She says it is time to find a solution.

The YMCA Supportive Housing Campus is doing its part.

“We provide them with permanent housing — community services on site, support services in a supportive community around them,” said Executive Director Katie Kamienski.

The supportive housing campus has its limitations.

It has room for 140 people with as many on the waiting list.

Councilman Joe Gatto says homelessness is a complex issue involving substance abuse and mental health issues.

A team approach is what it will take to create real change.

“It’s not just a City of Des Moines problem. We need to work with everyone to be able to provide the best services,” Gatto said.


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