The Antioch Police Officers Association released an email Monday highlighting concerns they have over Councilmemebrs Lamar Thorpe, Joy Motts and Monica Wilson moving forward with potentially spending up to $1 million on a motel to house local homeless.
According to the email:
Lamar Thorpe’s Homeless Motel on E. 18th & Cavallo will increase crime in our City… and it’s being supported by Councilmembers Monica Wilson and Joy Motts.
Mayor candidate Lamar Thorpe has a proposal to permanently house homeless individuals at the Executive Inn on E. 18th and Cavallo – an area that is already a crime challenge for the Antioch Police. But the problems only begin there.
The location is CLOSE TO HOMES, only 1/4 MILE FROM FOUR ANTIOCH SCHOOLS and the Antioch Youth Sports Center. And the cost to Antioch taxpayers could reach one million dollars or more per year.
The Antioch Police Officers’ Association believes this proposal could put citizens’ lives in danger and sets a precedent for Antioch becoming the magnet for the County’s homeless.
This proposal is but one reason we are NOT supporting the re-election of Councilmembers Monica Wilson and Joy Motts on November 3rd.
Thank you for reading this message.
Antioch Police Officers’ Association
Working to Protect the Citizens of Antioch
According to information released by the County over the past several months, the county has 5 hotels and over 550 rooms in Contra Costa County. The County has moved over 250 individual and families out of congregate shelters to hotels and has begun filling the remaining rooms with people who meet the criteria below. We how have over 300 people experiencing homelessness in hotel rooms.
During a recent Brentwood Virtual Townhall on Homelessness, Lavonna Martin, Director of Health, Housing & Homeless Services with Contra Costa County, shared data from the 2020 Point in Time Count on January 22.
- 2,277 unsheltered in Contra Costa County
- 707 persons in shelter
- 1,570 persons unsheltered
- 5% households were families.
“For the first time in recent history, and I have been here for 20-years now, there was a equal distribution of unsheltered people across the region,” stated Martin. “A third was in East Contra Costa County, a third in Central and a third in West. Brentwood represents about 5% of the total homeless population that were found that day.”
Here is a look at the timeline
- March 1 – The City of Antioch received its 5 homeless trailers, they still have not been placed at a location and are sitting in the corp yard.
- May 13: Pittsburg Motel 6 to Provide 176 Rooms for Homeless – More info
- July 14 – Thorpe and Motts introduce idea for the homeless motel – more info.
- August 1 – Antioch City Council Agrees in 3-2 Vote to Move Forward with Transitional Housing Plan for Homeless – More info