Following a September report by the Antioch Homeless Encampment Task Force, the Antioch City Council will begin discussing what programs they wish to fund.
According to the Agenda, the council will discuss a variety of housing and service options along with the fiscal impact. This comes back after the report was presented by the Task Force, with Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts and Councilman Lamar Thorpe as the task force members. Tuesdays meeting provide the council with items, a summary, and the cost.
This format comes after the September meeting where no cost estimates were provided and the council refused to vote on the item without costs and an outline of what services would be provided.
“I want numbers, I can’t blindly say yes to these recommendations,” said Mayor Sean Wright who wanted a laundry list of how much items would cost and where they could place money.
Wright further highlighted during the September meeting that he would like all the items would look like if implemented and the cost because he didn’t want to accept them all in the format provided by the Task Force in a “blanket format” in the staff report.
This item also comes on the heels of the City Council agreeing to spend up to $100k on a Unhoused Resident Consultant— This came in a 3-2 vote with Mayor Sean Wright and Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock being the dissenting 2-votes.
Quality of Life Issues
Dumpster and Sharps Container Services
To date, Republic Services has provided dumpsters at the Fulton Shipyard area while the City is looking to bring a Sharps Container Service. The city says the cost of the dumpster has been covered by Republic Services to date, however, they can begin working to expand the dumpster access outside of the downtown area to other parts of the city. The initial cost of providing a sharps containers program is $2,500 with additional cost for maintenance and collection.
Currently, the city is providing portable toilets at two locations in northern Antioch (downtown). The cost is $400 per unit each month. City staff is recommending to expand this program at an effort of $5,000 per year.
Portable Shower Units
The city says Shower House Ministries has been providing this service to Antioch homeless and Antioch is looking to provide additional resources such as water and electricity which could expand the to increase the number of shower units to offset the cost of the services. The cost would be $10,000 per year.
The city is looking at supporting access to laundry services by supporting a mobile laundry unit or pursuing vouchers for existing coin-operated laundromats in the City of Antioch. The city could also lease or purchase a combination of a shower and laundry portable trailer that could be transported to different locations in the community. The city says the cost to pursue development of a laundry service program through a laundry voucher program, mobile laundry services or similar effort is at a cost of $20,000 per year. To purchase a shower and laundry portable trailer is at a cost of $100,000.
The City Council will also look at immediate short-term shelter options:
The City could work with the CORE Team to purchase vouchers to refer vulnerable homeless individuals to a motel for temporary emergency lodging—this would allow the city to offer one-night, pre-paid stays at participating establishments. Vouchers would cost $100 and the initial purchase of 100 vouchers would cost $10,000.
Staff highlights through the County Librarian and H3, the city could fund a warming center at the Antioch Library during cold or rainy winder days or nights. The program would require staff and served individuals would need to be pre-screened for safety reasons. The cost is $250,000 to serve 15-20 persons November through June. Staff could also look at a “Winter Nights” program where local churches could rotate offering their facilities for homeless.
Safe Parking Lots
This program would be for individuals living in their cars or RVs who are considered homeless. Modeling this after the City of Oakland, Antioch could choose to require those participating to move their vehicles each day to prevent quasi-permanent situation. This could cost the city $35,000 for four months and serve 50-75 persons running through the winter and end of the school year.
The City will also look at Long Term Transitional and Permanent Housing
Support Existing Housing and Homeless Services
The City is currently supporting non-profit service providers through dedication of $123,000 in Housing Successor Administration Funds and $5,000 in CDBG funds. The city council has the option of increasing these funds to any of the various homeless service providers of the Contra Costa County Continuum of Care. This would allow these organizations to further leverage funds and make a broad impact in the city.
Establish Transitional and Long-term Housing Alternatives
The City is looking into potentially creating transitional and long-term housing alternatives. While costs of each were not provided, here is a look at what the city is looking at:
- Tiny Houses, containers, huts, or similar types of temporary shelter. This would require the city establishing locations and determining the cost to serve these units with utilities and services.
- RV Parks for trailers and motorhomes which could include hookups and services for this use. This would require the city establishing zoning within the city to permit this type of use.
- Permanent housing where the city could provide a zone where permanent homeless housing would be permitted and investigating the many options and models that exist for providing permanent shelter where they anticipate the Unhoused Resident Coordinator position to investigate and report to the city council.
If You Go
Antioch City Council Meeting – Agenda
Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:00 pm
4703 Lone Tree Way, Community Hall A