On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council is set to discuss the hiring of a “Unhoused Resident Coordinator” with a salary range of up to $120k per year.
According to the agenda, the council will discuss three action items:
- Approve the class specification of Unhoused Resident Coordinator
- Assign the Unhouses Resident Coordinator classification to a salary range and placing this salary range on the hourly classification salary schedule
- Authorizing the appropriate budget adjustments.
This comes at a time when the City Council will be discussing possible ideas of how to reduce the number of homeless in the city which included immediate recommendations:
- Safe Parking Lot
- RV/Trailer parking locations (public/private)
- Conestoga Hut/Tuff Shed Cabins
- Master leasing agreements with hotel/motel rooms
- Rent fairground trailer park when not in use
- Identify locations
According to the Fiscal Impact, the position would be part-time with an hourly salary of $50-$60 per hour which is not to exceed $120k per year and will be funded through the general fund.
In comparison, a CORE Outreach Specialist with Contra Costa County makes $16.00 to $17.31 an hour. Meanwhile, an Antioch Police Lateral Office makes $46.56 to $56.60 per hour while a police trainer officer makes $31.80 an hour. An Antioch Community Service Officer makes $24.24-$29.47 an hour.
The position was suggested after a series of meetings by the Homeless Encampment Task Force which was led by Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts and Councilman Lamar Thorpe.
The Unhoused Resident Coordinator would assist unhoused individuals and families in transitioning into permanent housing by developing an unhoused network/collaborative and a database identifying services currently being offered to unhoused individuals and families and the organizations providing those services. The Unhoused Resident Coordinator would also assist in providing a coordinated plan/response to immediate public health concerns involving Contra Costa County Health Services, Public Works, Police Department, Community Development and/or other staff as necessary.
The salary range and part-time cost of this position is similar to the salary range and part-time cost of the Youth Services Network Manager position.
The City of Berkeley currently has a homeless services coordinator position which pays up to $122k per year. In Los Angeles, the homeless prevention coordinator position pays between $56,446 to $81,847 per year.
The agenda also provided the description of what the coordinator would be responsible for.
Under general supervision of the City Manager or designee, initiate and cultivate collaborative partnerships with agencies and groups that work with or provide services/support to the unhoused in the City in order to develop an unhoused network/collaborative. Advocate for housing services to the community at large
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Develop an unhoused resident services network/collaborative (including database and memorandums of understanding) of public/private agencies, nonprofits, community-based organizations that serve unhoused individuals and families.
- Coordinate plan/response to immediate public health concerns identified by task force and community in collaboration with Contra Costa County Health Services, public works, police department, community development and/or city staff as necessary.
- For immediate public health challenges develop initial cost and ongoing operation cost estimates, and determine potential locations for portable restrooms, mobile showers, laundry facilities (mobile, lease/rent), sharps disposal, dumpsters for trash for the unhoused.
- For immediate shelter/safety develop list of potential locations, initial and operational cost estimates, and determine locations for automobile/RV/Trailer parking (public/private), Conestoga Hut, Tuff Shed cabins (community build), refurbished shipping containers, ready built tiny homes, master leasing agreement hotel/motel rooms, rental of fairground trailer park when not in use, or other types of shelter opportunities.
- Develop and implement a plan for temporary shelter and safety (i.e. parking areas, private/public lands, hotel/motel leasing agreements, etc.) until the production of the City’s transitional housing program including implementation and operational costs.
- Work with network to identify services gaps, redundancy, and opportunities for growth.
- Explore appropriate models of quality unhoused services and programs and provide recommendations for what would best meet Antioch’s needs.
- Coordinate the delivery of a successful transitional/permanent housing program to house Antioch’s unhoused residents.
- Provide strategic guidance to City Manager and periodic updates to the Homeless Encampment Task Force Committee and City Council in the implementation of the progress of the network.
- Identify funding costs and prospective philanthropic opportunities in and outside of Antioch.
- Attend community events to provide education and advice to community members on the unhoused.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills to deliver public presentations and staff reports to City Council.
- Prepares spreadsheets, reports and correspondence as required.
- Perform related duties as required.
If You Go
Antioch City Council Meeting
Tuesday Sept, 10 at 7:00 pm
Antioch Community Center
4703 Lone Tree Way, Community Hall A