The City of Antioch announced as part of a 4-part series of public testimony gatherings, the Antioch Homeless Encampment Task Force will meet for a 2nd time on June 10 to gather public testimony specifically from community-based organizations, residents, volunteers, nonprofits and faith ministries who are currently assisting individuals experiencing homelessness.
This is a follow up to the May 30, 2019, public testimony hearing where the Task Force received testimony about the impacts of the growing homeless crisis including homeless encampments on city departments, county and regional agencies, and community-based organizations.
Part 2 of the series will be a roundtable discussion to elicit testimony about how to better align city services to alleviate homeless encampments on public and private properties including the consequences associated with encampments like the accumulation of rubbish, needles and human feces.
- WHEN: June 10th, 2019, 6:00 pm
- WHERE: Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94531
- LIMITED SEATING: RSVP here.
In March of 2019, Mayor Pro-Tem Joy Motts and Council Member Lamar Thorpe requested the establishment of a Homeless Encampment Task Force, which was unanimously approved by the Antioch City Council. The purpose of the Task Force is to study the growing homeless crisis in Antioch, the effects of homelessness including encampments on the community and temporary measures to alleviate homeless encampments until the completion of the Contra Costa County Care Center. The task force includes Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts and Council Member Lamar Thorpe
According to the Antioch City Manager Report, Ron Bernal stated that during the May 30 meeting, panelist presented ways they interact with and attempt to assist the homeless—that report or information was not released.
It was also stated that Council Member Thorpe began referring to them as “unhoused residents” in an effort to provide information to the City Council Members who will take this testimony back to the full council for their consideration and next steps.