Downtown Streets Team Likely to Stay in Petaluma

Should Petaluma renew it’s deal with the nonprofit Downtown Streets Team? The Petaluma Argus-Courier reports that the city council is likely to approve $350,000 for the non profit to operate in the city for another year, helping homeless people find jobs and housing in exchange for volunteer work. However, the Downtown Streets team has failed to meet it’s goals for either jobs or housing with no one retaining a job for more than 6 months and only 11% of volunteers finding permanent housing. Alarms have also been raised regarding the non-profit’s past as some former employees have claimed sexual harassment as well as a “toxic” work atmosphere. The Petaluma City Council will likely approve further funding on June 21st.