On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council is set to vote on hiring firm to provide its “Unhoused Resident” Coordinator services.
Focus Strategies, out of Walnut CA, was selected at a cost not to exceed $73,000 after the city put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) at a cost not to exceed $100,000. Megan H. Kurteff-Schatz, President, said the company has staff located from Seattle to San Diego with the company address being Walnut, but she lives in Sacramento and reported her location as the official company address on the RFP response.
The RFP was put out to bid after Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts and Councilmember Lamar Thorpe held a series of Homeless Encampment Ad-Hoc Committee Meetings. The goal was to seek out information from local stakeholders in order to provide a series of recommendations to the full council on both short-term and long-term solutions to address homelessness in the city.
One of the recommendations after council discussion was creating an unhoused resident coordinator position to provide expertise on items such as RV/Trailer parking locations, temporary housing solutions, mid-to-long-term housing solutions and finding ways to increase services to the area.
Focus Strategies will assist the City of Antioch to identity and help the City implement strategies that provide immediate and long-term solutions to those experiencing homelessness. The contract is set to end by July 28, 2020.
According to the firm, who was founded in 2006, they have clients across the State of California and United States, local clients include: City and County of San Francisco, City of Berkley, Sacramento County, and San Mateo County. A full list can be found on their website.
The firm said in their proposal they plan to help the City of Antioch plan and implement a strategic response to homelessness will involve equipping local leadership and staff with strategies at the city-level responses, while also coordinating with and leveraging regional homelessness response efforts to maximize efficiency and impact.
In November, the City approved spending on a variety of items to assist reduce the impact on local residents. The spending included:
- $5k – Dumpster & Sharps Containers
- $5k – Portable Toilets
- $10k – Portable Shower Units
- $20k – Laundry Services
- $10k – Miscellaneous
- $10k – Motel Services
- $35k – Safe Parking Lots
- $45k – Warming Centers
- $10k – Miscellaneous
In total, the city of Antioch has allocated $517k towards its homeless services account, plus another $100k on the unhoused resident coordinator position for a total of $617k.
If You Go:
Antioch City Council Meeting
January 28 at 7:00 pm
Antioch Community Center
4703 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
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