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File #: 2020-7880   
Type: Council Referral
Body: City Council
On agenda: 4/7/2020
Title: Consider Directing Staff to Identify Funding for Four Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Trailers and Develop an Overnight Safe Parking Site for Homeless. (Mayor Ezzy Ashcraft)

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Consider Directing Staff to Identify Funding for Four Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Trailers and Develop an Overnight Safe Parking Site for Homeless. (Mayor Ezzy Ashcraft)

 

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COUNCIL REFERRAL FORM

 

The Council can take any of the following actions:

1) Take no action.

2) Refer the matter to staff to schedule as a future City Council agenda item.

3) Take dispositive action if sufficiently noticed such that the public and Council have been provided sufficient information by the published agenda, and no formal published notice of a public hearing is required.

 

Name of Councilmember requesting referral: Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft

 

Date of submission to City Clerk (must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. on the Monday two weeks before the Council meeting requested): March 31, 2020 - This form is being submitted less than 2 weeks before the next Council meeting date because it involves urgent measures intended to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19.

 

Council Meeting date: April 7, 2020

 

Brief description of the subject to be printed on the agenda, sufficient to inform the City Council and public of the nature of the referral:

 

The City Manager has requested 4 FEMA trailers, at no cost, from the City of Oakland who doesn’t need their entire allocation from the State. These trailers would be used to meet the isolation needs of homeless individuals during the COVID-19 crisis. When the crisis is over, Alameda can determine how to use the trailers.

 

Direct staff to identify funding for staffing and operations for these trailers, including, but not limited to the roughly $3.2M in emergency State money Alameda County will receive, as well as additional CDBG funds in the recent economic stimulus bill.

 

Also direct staff to develop an overnight safe parking site for homeless individuals and families living in cars, vans or small trucks. Extensive guidelines, based on Alameda County and Union City’s guidelines were recently developed for a potential safe parking site at the College of Alameda parking lot and can be used at a city-owned site. The site would include portable restroom and shower facilities, trash receptacles and possibly a mobile laundry facility.

 

Christ Episcopal Church operates an overnight warming shelter several nights a week, approximately six months of the year. In the midst of this public health crisis it is essential to provide additional and continual housing options so homeless individuals aren’t living in close proximity without access to proper hygiene resources.

 

 

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