Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..

Report: Coronavirus Crisis Could Leave Tens of Thousands of Californians Homeless

State’s homeless population could grow by 19%

The homeless camp on the corner of Gilbert Street and Valencia Avenue in Fullerton. Residents have been voicing their concerns about the camp to the City Councils for months.

By Marisa Kendall
May 15, 2020 —

Nearly 30,000 Californians could end up homeless in the midst of the unprecedented COVID-19 economic crisis, according to a new report — a potentially catastrophic spike for a state that already was grappling with massive numbers of people living on the streets and in shelters.

That would mean an increase in the state’s homeless population of about 19% over last year, according to calculations by Columbia University economics professor Brendan O’Flaherty, which were published online by the nonprofit Community Solutions.

Across the country, homelessness could surge by as much as 45%.

“If things go the way they have in the past, it will be a big increase,” said O’Flaherty, who based his projections on an analysis of increases in homelessness during the last recession.

An estimated 4.6 million Californians have filed for unemployment as the state’s shelter-in-place order has kept hem home from work. Gov. Gavin Newsom expects the state’s unemployment rate to peak at around 25% — about twice what it was during the Great Recession.

For weeks, homeless service providers throughout the Bay Area have been worrying about a coronavirus-spurred surge in homelessness overwhelming resources that are already stretched thin. It’s not a matter of if such a surge will happen, they agree — but when, and how bad it will be.

San Francisco already has reported a massive increase in the number of people without shelter. During its most recent quarterly tent count, conducted in April, the city reported a 71% increase in the number of tents and make-shift structures on its streets. In the beleaguered Tenderloin neighborhood, there was a 285% increase.

Activists in other cities say they haven’t been able to quantify such a spike yet, but they’re worried.

Bay Area cities, particularly Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco, have seen their homeless populations increase dramatically in recent years. Statewide, about 151,000 people had nowhere to call home as of last year, according to the most recent data available.

“I think we’re going to see a huge rise in displacement, homelessness, evictions — people who are already on the border, who are going to be stretched to the limit,” said Andrea Henson, lead organizer with the homeless outreach group Where do we go? Berkeley.

She’s already seeing the signs. People living in shared housing situations are having to move out over fears of spreading COVID-19 within the household, and are resorting to couch surfing. Inmates getting released from jail early to prevent overcrowding and reduce the chance of a coronavirus outbreak are ending up in the homeless encampments she serves.

To make matters worse, those who are most likely to end up out of work during the pandemic are low-wage workers in the service and hospitality industries who can least afford to miss paychecks, according to reporting by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Many of those families were one financial emergency away from homelessness even before the coronavirus crisis began. In a region like the Bay Area, with punishingly high housing prices, it can be impossible for families to get back on their feet once they stumble.

The National Guard armories in Santa Ana and Fullerton provide night shelter for homeless people during the winter. In this July 2018 photo, people bed down on the floor of the Santa Ana Armory. (File Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Cities around the Bay Area have enacted eviction moratoriums to prevent those families from ending up on the street. But when the protections expire, tenants will be on the hook for what could be months of back rent — an insurmountable financial hurdle for many.

California legislators have proposed relief plans to help renters stuck in that impossible situation, including allowing tenants to pay back rent payments to the state over a period of 10 years, but the measures have yet to be approved. The federal government also has beefed up unemployment benefits, but not all out-of-work workers qualify. And once those protections dry up, some workers won’t have jobs to return to, as experts predict many businesses closed during the pandemic will never reopen.

Despite the dire projections, there’s a lot that can be done to prevent Californians from ending up on the streets, including providing flexible rental assistance and holding landlords accountable for violating eviction moratoriums, said Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness.

“If we fail in this endeavor,” she said, “we’re going to see a disaster around this issue that I don’t think many of us can even begin to imagine at this point.”

O’Flaherty based his projections on an analysis of what happened during the last recession. Between 2007 and 2009, for every 1% increase in the country’s unemployment rate, another 0.65 people out of every 10,000 became homeless.

His analysis doesn’t take into account the various relief programs cities, counties, states and the federal government have put in place during the pandemic. But, the economist pointed out, relief programs also were enacted during the Great Recession — and any impact those had has been baked into his calculations.

The local, state and federal governments need to do more to help those at risk of becoming homeless, said Andrea Urton, CEO of HomeFirst, which runs homeless shelters throughout Santa Clara County. The county reported more than 9,700 homeless residents as of January 2019.

“I know the city and the county are trying to prepare for this,” she said, “but I think we are woefully unprepared for an event like this.”

This article courtesy of Mercury News


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