On this episode of WTF California Podcast, Kenny and Mike have a chat on homelessness in the City of Antioch with Andrew Becker. This comes as the Antioch City Council just approved turning the Executive Inn into a homeless hotel. Becker, who has been advocating for shelter and services for homeless, discusses his journey the past two years, we talk solutions, future opportunities and we get into the Delta Fair proposal. In this episode, we do find common ground on the issue of homelessness.
On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council voted to move forward with bridge housing and wrap-around services which would include 32 rooms at the Executive Inn on E 18th Street in Antioch.
The 2-year lease is estimated at $1,168,000 per year for a total not to exceed value of $2,336,000, to be paid from the allocation of $2.6M in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA funds) specified for this purpose by the City Council on April 12, 2022.
In a second item relating to the Executive Inn, the council voted Tuesday to enter into an agreement with Bay Area Community Services (BACS) for supportive services associated with the City’s Non-Congregate Bridge Housing Program. The total not to exceed expenditure is $2,563,990 over a two year period to be paid from $3.1M in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA funds).
The City of Antioch aims to establish a Non-Congregate Bridge Housing (NCBH) Program. The goals of the program are
- provide participants with a safe place tostay
- connect participants with community, mainstream, and personal resources basedon individual need; and
- assist participants in transitioning to more stable or permanent
The NCBH Program will be overseen by the City of Antioch, in alignment and coordination with Contra Costa County’s homelessness response system. Participation in the Contra Costa County Continuum of Care (CoC) and Coordinated Entry System will allow the provider to leverage permanent housing resources available through the CoC.