Forum on the Road: San Rafael's Homeless Plan Stirs Debate

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A homeless man holds a cup as he begs for spare change. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A nonprofit serving San Rafael's homeless has set off a community wide debate about what services should be provided to Marin County's homeless population and where. The Ritter Center has reached an agreement with city officials to move its services, like showers and a medical center, elsewhere. That agreement comes on the tail of complaints from businesses and residents that the center was attracting homeless residents to San Rafael's small downtown. We’ll discuss how one of the nation's wealthiest counties is coping with an enduring problem.

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Cia Byrnes, executive director, Ritter Center

Andrew Hening, director, homeless planning and outreach, City of San Rafael

Christine Paquette , executive director, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County

Joanne Webster, president, San Rafael Chamber of Commerce