Homelessness Task Force Members

The members of the task force were selected by Mayor Mack because they represent various nonprofits,  businesses, and government agencies that directly serve or are in some  way impacted by the homeless. Their charge was to make recommendations  on the following topics:

  •  We need to define the role of shelters, non-profits, churches, and Good Samaritans. 
  •  We need to coordinate efforts and not duplicate them.
  •  We need to consider a centralized area for our homeless population; not in the center of town. 
  •  The City of Longview as a governmental body needs help with our city services by utilizing able bodied people. 
  •  We need to protect businesses from losing current and potential businesses/industry because of transients. 
  •  We need to address the mental health crisis that accompanies some of these individuals
  •  We need to communicate better to our residents on how to handle the homeless population as a City.
  •  We need to decrease our homeless population, rather than increase it. 
  •  We need to discuss a possible vagrancy ordinance.
  •  We need to improve our overall appearance and aesthetics as a City.
The above items were just a starting point as many other ideas were  also explored during the task force meetings. Ultimately, the task force  identified several key suggestions including establishing a work  program for individuals willing to work, hosting service fairs, creating  solicitation-free zones, adding a Homeless Outreach Team within the  Longview Police Department, and much more.

Mayor Andy Mack formed a Task Force on Homelessness in March 2017. The following individuals represent a wide variety of nonprofits, businesses, and government entities.

  • Eric Burger, Highway 80 Rescue Mission
  • Helen Johnson, House of Hope
  • Linda Cunningham,  Newgate Mission
  • Captain Mark Jacobs, Salvation Army
  • Alan Johnson, Jesus Burger
  • Janice Bunt, Caring and Sharing
  • Johnnie Johnson, Community Outreach Mission
  • Doris Ramaly, Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • Brenda Day-Bevis, D.O.R.S.
  • Shannon Trest, Women's Center of East Texas
  • Robin Fruia, Longview Community Ministries
  • Andrea Dollahite, Made to Love Ministries
  • Jeff Borgwardt, Ministerial Alliance
  • Lewis Thompson, Ministerial Alliance
  • Inman White, Community Healthcore
  • Linda Oyer, East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Ron Short, Cristus Good Shepherd Medical Center
  • Anthony Brooks, Longview Regional Medical Center
  • Jeff Brown, Wellness Pointe
  • Karen Holt, North East Texas Homeless Consortium
  • Tim Wiseman, Wiseman Ministries
  • Scott Lewis,  Longview Transit
  • Holly Fuller, Partners in Prevention
  • Donna Sharp, Greater Longview United Way
  • Sgt. James Bettis, Longview Police Department
  • Josh Tubb, Gregg County Sheriff's Office
  • Michael Black, JBA Financial Services
  • Cary Hilliard, First Baptist Church
  • Murray Moore, CPU 
  • Hank Hester, Longview Fire Department
  • Cheteva Marshall, Longview Housing Authority
  • Kevin Marshall, Gregg County Veterans Services

Share your thoughts and suggestions and get involved:
Residents are encouraged to get involved and help implement the ideas of the task force. If you would like to donate, volunteer, or share your thoughts, please contact us using this form or call the City Manager's Office at 903-237-1021.