A 172-unit interim housing site in Pittsburg will be among the first in California to open thanks to the state’s Homekey program to build and sustain housing for residents experiencing homelessness.
Delta Landing, recipient of a $21.5 million Homekey grant in 2020, will open later this month after extensive site renovation. In addition to new paint, roof, furnishings, laundry, and fire sprinkler system, clients can make use of a new wellness center for physical and behavioral health needs and co-located services to help them regain permanent housing.
“We are grateful to California and Gov. Gavin Newsom for the opportunity to add critically needed services in East County for residents without housing,” said Diane Burgis, chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. “Historically there has been a severe lack of beds in this part of the county, and Delta Landing is a great first step toward addressing that need.”
The site at 2101 Loveridge Road was previously a motel, used since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as a non-congregate emergency shelter for county residents with funding from the state’s Project Roomkey program.
The Homekey award allowed Contra Costa to negotiate the purchase of the motel and provide the necessary renovations to make a state-of-the-art interim housing facility with services such as basic healthcare, housing navigation, and case management provided on-site.
Clients staying at the site were temporarily placed at other Project Roomkey locations in the county during renovations and will relocate back to Delta Landing this month.
“We know that the first service that people experiencing homelessness need is a stabilized living situation,” said Contra Costa Supervisor Federal Glover, whose district includes Pittsburg. “Delta Landing provides that stable place, so clients can make full use of the services and supports to transition into permanent housing.”
The county’s most recent homeless point-in-time count, in January 2020, showed that one-third of residents living outdoors in Contra Costa were in eastern Contra Costa – more than 500 people. But, before Delta Landing, there were only 20 available shelter beds in the county east of Concord.
Contra Costa’s Public Works Department led a nearly $6 million renovation project. Homekey will also $4.196 million toward the operation of this permanent facility, which is managed by Bay Area Community Services (BACS), a contractor of Contra Costa Health Services’ Division of Health, Housing and Homeless Services (H3).
Visit cchealth.org/h3 for information about services for people experiencing homelessness in Contra Costa County.
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- Last week, Antioch Mayor announced that through the Transitional Housing Ad-Hoc Committee, they are proposing $300k to be spent on housing services for homeless. The program, called the Louie Rocha Emergency Housing Plan, would be focused around getting homeless in the downtown area near the railroad tracks off the streets and into housing in the City of Pittsburg.
Brentwood Police Call Antioch’s proposed $300k Spend on Homeless Housing a Band-Aid Approach and rather than focus on shelter, the solution should be focused on alcohol and substance abuse which is the root issue they see on the streets.
- Sept. 16. 2020: Contra Costa Announces Care Center Plan to Help Residents Transition from Homelessness
- July 1, 2020: Governor Newsom Visits Project Roomkey Site in Pittsburg to Announce “Homekey”
- May 13, 2020: Pittsburg Motel 6 to Provide 176 Rooms for Homeless