The Interagency Council on Homelessness is another good example of Mike Rounds’s failure as governor.
During his first year in South Dakota’s big chair, Governor Rounds signed an executive order creating the Interagency Council on Homelessness. He said at the time that he was addressing the “need for increased and improved collaboration among State agencies which receive federal funding to address homelessness needs” and help South Dakota’s homeless residents “obtain training, employment, housing, and transportation.”
Good idea. Kudos for caring, right?
Governor Rounds apparently didn’t care enough to work past the photo op. We’re now hearing discussion of reviving the council that Governor Rounds let drop:
South Dakota housing officials think state agencies could do a better job coordinating services for the homeless.
Then Gov. Mike Rounds created an Interagency Council on Homelessness in 2003 as a way to help state agencies work together to reduce homelessness across the state. They met a handful of times before going dormant.
Mark Lauseng, executive director of the South Dakota Housing Authority, said serious discussions began a few months ago to restart the council [Malachi Petersen, “State Homeless Council Could Be Revived,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2015.07.21].
The Interagency Council on Homelessness consisted of Governor Rounds, some of his Cabinet secretaries, and the South Dakota Housing Development Authority exec. Governor Rounds saw the fellow members of the council regularly and could have convened a meeting any time he saw fit. But apparently he was too busy with other projects that he was brewing up in 2003 to help South Dakota’s homeless population.
Once again, Mike Rounds was all talk and no action.