Homeless and Addiction Strategy

This webpage serves as the repository for information related to the City of Morgantown's Homeless and Addiction Strategy. On this page, you will find information on what steps the city is currently taking, how to submit your input, and additional resources. 

Current Action

The Morgantown City Council has called for a special work session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on October 11 to gather information from city staff regarding homelessness, addiction, and other issues affecting downtown Morgantown. The session is meant to inform council on what can be done currently by city staff to address these issues. The special session is the beginning of a strategy by City Council to develop long-term, holistic solutions to this community issue. 

Resources and Next Steps

Morgantown City Council is currently working with city staff to develop a process for moving forward to address homelessness, addiction and other issues facing downtown Morgantown. As council develops its strategy this section will house additional resources related to the plan. 

In 2010, the Homelessness Task Force, a creation of the City of Morgantown and the Monongalia County Commission, was created. In 2013, the task force completed a Community-Wide Plan to Reduce Homelessness (PDF). It was presented to the Morgantown City Council in 2013, and has not been implemented due to a lack of funding. 

Community Input

The problem of homelessness, addiction, and lack of affordable housing is shared by everyone and every agency in the community: government, private business, schools, social service agencies, private citizens…. no one agency is responsible. Ending homelessness is a collective responsibility. This includes those experiencing homelessness taking personal ownership and accountability in ending their homelessness. 

City Council and city administration welcome community input on this important issue. Please send your comments to info@morgantownwv.gov.