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…..     …..     …..  
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     …..     …..
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     …..     …..
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…..     …..
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…..     …..     …..  
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     …..     …..

Fresno Homeless Count: 45% More People on Streets, More People Housed

Even as local leaders marshal more resources and team up to tackle homelessness, the number of people living on the streets of Fresno has climbed 45%.

January's Fresno-Madera point-in-time count saw homelessness rise by 1,133 people to 3,641. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

By: Bill McEwen
August 26, 2020 —


“Homelessness continues to be the
No. 1 issue in California.” 
— Fresno Mayor Lee Brand


That’s the big takeaway from Wednesday’s announcement of the point-in-time homeless count conducted in late January in Fresno and Madera counties.

This year’s snapshot of homelessness indicated there were 3,641 homeless people, including 960 in shelters.

That compares to 2,508 homeless people — 439 in shelters — in 2019.

“We did experience a significant increase” in homelessness, said Laura Moreno, chair of the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care, during a Zoom news conference.

Tents line both sides of Santa Clara St. in Fresno. (Aug. 2018 Photo Credit: Debbie Darden)

738 People Obtain Permanent Housing

But the count mandated by HUD doesn’t tell the whole story.

By adding emergency beds and permanent housing, and expanding outreach to homeless people, local agencies enabled 738 people to move into permanent housing.

Another 246 residents moved off the streets into temporary arrangements such as living with friends.

Last year, the Fresno-Madera homeless population rose by about 350.

Fewer Homeless People in Madera

In good news, the city of Madera saw a decline in homelessness, with 11 fewer people on the streets or in shelters than in 2019.

“Homelessness continues to be the No. 1 issue in California,” said Fresno Mayor Lee Brand. “We must make the effort to secure more funding. We need bold ideas and the full cooperation of everyone.”

(GV Wire/Alexis DeSha)

Magsig: Everyone’s on the Same Page

Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig said that the city, county, and nonprofits are teaming up to “meet the homeless right where they’re at” and providing services critical to getting them into housing. This help includes substance-abuse treatment, mental-health services, and job training.

Brand concurred, saying “the cooperation between city and county is much better than other big cities in California.”

Watch as officers remove a homeless camp in Fresno. (Fresno Bee July 26, 2019)

That hasn’t always been the case.

Things started to change after Fresno found itself in the national spotlight two years ago. That’s because it had a higher percentage of “unsheltered people” (those living in conditions the government says aren’t “suitable for human habitation”) than any other big U.S. city.

After years of not adding emergency beds, city and county officials began to address the shortcoming.

COVID-19 Brings New Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest challenge. One that will explode if rent relief ends and people are evicted. Or the economy doesn’t rebound and double-digit unemployment continues.

“Folks are on the edge right now,” Moreno said. “We’re already thinking about how we can address (evictions).”

Fresno’s Homeless Encampment Ordinance Could Be Seen as Unconstitutional.
(KSEE24 Sept. 5, 2018)

The good news is, there is more housing coming. The city and the county have applied for state funding to add permanent housing units, including spaces for small families.

“We are trying to leverage our emergency COVID dollars to be part of our homeless response,” said H Spees, who is the mayor’s homelessness advisor. In the works, Spees said, is the purchase of four motels that can be converted into 138 permanent housing units.

And, the county hopes to “hear back fairly soon” on its request for $13.5 million for 150 permanent housing units, said Sonia de la Rosa, principal administrative analyst for the county.

A homeless encampment in downtown Fresno was cleared by city workers Wednesday after occupants were given repeated notices that they could not permanently reside near a freeway underpass. 
(BY Jim Guy Aug. 7, 2019) 

Brand: ‘Most Accurate Count Ever’

Critics say that the point-in-time counts are flawed and typically undercount people without a roof over their heads. For example, state education records indicate that there are about 100,000 more homeless children in California than the point-in-time counts show.

But state and federal officials use the counts to judge the success of homelessness programs. The counts influence funding decisions as well.


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In January, more than 300 trained volunteers conducted the count led by the nonprofit Turning Point of Central California.

“I had the pleasure of talking to the volunteers. They gave up their time, they gave up their sleep,” Brand said. “This was our most accurate count ever. The numbers we see today speak for themselves.”

This article courtesy of GV Wire


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