City and County Work Towards Permanent Shelter

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News Date: 
March 22, 2018
Aerial view of future location of shelter at 1220 Natividad

The City of Salinas and Monterey County are continuing to work together to address homelessness in our community. On March 20, 2018 Anastacia Wyatt, Planning Manager along with the County ‘s Elliott Robinson and Manny Gonzales went to the Board of Supervisors and City Council to get approval to move forward with a shared agreement and Request For Proposals towards the development of the Permanent Shelter and the Permanent Supportive Housing.

On November 2017, the City and County entered into an MOU for a temporary warming shelter at 111 W. Alisal St. as the planning efforts continue for the Permanent Shelter and agreed on the location of the Permanent Shelter would be 1220 Natividad Road.

Goals of the Permanent Shelter:

  • 100-150 Nightly Guests;
  • Year-Round Meals and Nightly Shelter;
  • Supportive Services including Housing and Social Service Navigation, Health Services and Counseling;
  • Pathway to Permanent Housing;
  • Architecturally designed to complement the neighborhood;

Next Steps:

  • Staff is to return to City Council and the Board of Supervisors on April 17, 2018;
  • City and County collaborate on a shared development agreement;
  • Request for Proposal (RFP) for a developer and service provider to operate shelter and permanent, supportive housing along with the demolition of the existing building, development of the site, shelter operations;
  • City would assist in developing a funding mechanism for the shelter with permanent supportive housing project (est. $30-70 milli0n) and manage the development as the City has the experience and capacity to complete similar housing development projects;

The projected development timeline is estimated to be about two to three years.