The Antioch City Council met again Friday night to discuss the proposal from Council members Motts and Thorpe for a Transitional Housing plan. They introduced the idea of placing a transitional shelter around the corner from schools, residential neighborhoods and a few hundred feet from one of the most dangerous crime corridors in Antioch.
Why would you place a homeless shelter in an area already suffering and struggling to survive? Who do Motts and Thorpe truly represent? The citizens of Antioch? Is this Plan how you represent us?
Motts commented that their plan will serve about 30 people, which is only about 5% of our current homeless. Is this any way to propose to manage a program? Spend your precious resources to address only 5% of the issue, with no end in sight, no idea about the actual program costs, and no concern for the economic and public safety impacts of what you are about to undertake.
Up to this point, they’ve gotten almost no input from the people most affected: people with families, property owners, business owners, schools, day care centers.
There has been no collaboration with County and State officials who are the entities that have the resources and expertise to start solving this human crisis. The City cannot solve this issue on its own. We don’t have the resources or the expertise to solve homelessness.
Estimates right now place the price tag at over $1 million yearly and that doesn’t include the loss of hotel occupancy tax monies of about $100,000 per year.
At the item’s end, Thorpe made his motion which passed with the support of Motts and Monica Wilson, to conduct a feasibility study, and release a Request for Proposal for Homeless services.
What services? The study hasn’t been done, and it hasn’t been determined this is a workable plan that’s acceptable. What should we be doing?
How about starting with collaborating with County and State officials, break ground on the proposed homeless shelter next to the county services building adjacent to LMC, and quit the political grandstanding. I am getting very tired of this policy by ”pin the tail on the donkey.”
It’s time for better leadership, smarter policy and a safer Antioch.
Manny Soliz Jr.
Former Mayor Pro Tem & Council Member, City of Antioch
Current Antioch District 1 Candidate