10. Is there a way to access the budget for this project?
  • Outreach and engagement to occupants of the encampment and services such as reunification, hotel vouchers, and housing assistance (security deposits and rental payments) are covered by the $466,450 budget for the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 HOST program.  As part of its 2017/2018 budget, City Council approved an additional $600,000 for the expansion of homeless services; approximately $500,000 has been committed to the housing-focused program at the Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter.  The balance of funds ($100,000) are currently being considered to expand hours at the Homeless Services Center as part of the comprehensive services plan for the 6th Street encampment.  

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1. 1. What is the Homeless Encampment Cleanup Pilot Program?
2. 2. What is an encampment - how do you define it?
3. 3. Why is the encampment at the 6th Street underpass being prioritized over other encampments?
4. 4. What are you doing to inform the occupants of the encampment about the Pilot Program?
5. 5. The Pilot Program includes activation of an additional 50 beds at the Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter. Are these the same 50 beds from the winter shelter?
6. 6. Is the Housing First protocol part of this?
7. 7. What about people living in the encampment that have pets?
8. 8. How long can people stay in shelters and hotels?
9. 9. Are there statistics from other communities using the same approach?
10. 10. Is there a way to access the budget for this project?
11. 11. How is the City going to measure success?
12. 12. Do you track the people you have contact with?
13. 13. Has data shown that people are staying in housing?
14. 14. How are you going to keep people from coming back to the encampment site? What happens if someone sets up camp after the cleanup takes place?
15. 15. Do you anticipate any challenges when implementing the Pilot Program? How will you make sure the occupants don't end up in other areas of the city such as parks or the downtown area?