Delray Beach’s ardent advocate for the homeless believes that he has a success story to tell.
Ezra Krieg, who runs the Delray Beach Initiative to End Homelessness, spoke before the city commission last week. He noted that his last appearance in the chamber had been to oppose the anti-panhandling ordinance that the commission approved.
Krieg then shifted to note the progress his group has made. The 2018 count had found 110 homeless people— Krieg often calls them “unsheltered”—in Delray Beach. This year, the number was 81.
Further, Krieg said, the city is “No. 1” in getting people into the county’s homeless shelter system. That can be difficult, given the resistance some homeless people have to using such facilities.