Program would be part of City’s strategy to transition unhoused community
Antioch, Calif., – Tonight, the Antioch City Council will explore the possibility of implementing a Bridge Housing Program for the City of Antioch.
In October of 2018, the City of Antioch was forced to declare a shelter crisis due to the fact that there were not enough shelter beds available to meet the demand for the City’s unhoused community. From that point, through a series of task forces and ad hoc committees, the City of Antioch began the process of developing its policy framework with short and long term strategies to support Antioch’s unhoused community.
“As a city, the needs of unhoused residents challenge us on a daily basis. Contra Costa County is a large geographical area and Antioch is one of 19 cities competing for the County’s regional resources. A local framework enables us to take direct action and best position Antioch to reduce the number of unhoused residents living in encampments,” said Ron Bernal, City Manager. “This kind of approach will improve the quality of life for the entire community.”
If the City Council directs staff to further pursue a Bridge Housing Program, Antioch will formally move towards a model that integrates housing and robust supportive services that ensures all residents have access to the assistance they need to navigate into permanent housing.
“As a community, Bridge Housing is the answer we need to solve the chronic issue of unhoused members of our community living on Antioch streets,” said Lamar Thorpe, Mayor, City of Antioch. “There is nothing more basic and fundamental than the dignity of a place to call home. Through Bridge Housing, we will be able to help our most vulnerable while also strengthening our city as a whole.”
According to a recent study, in 2020, the City of Antioch identified 238 individuals as unhoused with half being identified as Antioch natives. City Council action to proceed would provide a green light to solicit bids for support services and formally launch grant seeking efforts. Grant opportunities may encompass support services, housing costs and any capital needs to establish the Bridge Housing Program, in addition to other strategies identified in the City framework.
Information released today by City of Antioch