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File #: 2020-8242   
Type: Consent Calendar Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 9/1/2020
Title: Recommendation to Authorize the City Manager to Execute a One Year Agreement with Operation Dignity to Provide Mobile Outreach Services for Alameda's Unsheltered Population in an Amount Not to Exceed $122,400. (Community Development)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Agreement
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Recommendation to Authorize the City Manager to Execute a One Year Agreement with Operation Dignity to Provide Mobile Outreach Services for Alameda's Unsheltered Population in an Amount Not to Exceed $122,400. (Community Development)

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To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Operation Dignity (OD) has been providing mobile outreach services to unsheltered individuals in the City of Alameda (City) since 2016. Mobile Outreach services include providing street-based harm reduction services, case management, housing navigation, and other supports. Mobile outreach services have expanded and become more important over the last six months during the coronavirus pandemic. OD has been a key part of the City's efforts to ensure the on-going safety of its unsheltered residents. Therefore, staff is recommending that City Council authorize the City Manager to execute a $122,400 contract with OD to provide Mobile Outreach services for Alameda's homeless residents for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21 (Exhibit 1).
BACKGROUND
OD is a non-profit organization that has been at the forefront of fighting homelessness in Alameda County since 1993. OD provides shelter, housing, street outreach, and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness, with expertise in serving homeless veterans. In 2016, OD was instrumental in assisting the City with developing a plan to dismantle the homeless encampment situated at the future Jean Sweeney Park. The encampment was dismantled in July 2017, to make way for construction of the park. Since then, OD has been providing critical supportive services for those displaced from the Jean Sweeney encampment as well as other unsheltered individuals on the island.
As a Mobile Outreach provider serving Alameda's unsheltered population since 2016, OD meets with clients wherever they are located, including encampments, parking lots, bridge underpasses, tunnel entrances, parks, sidewalks, and other locatio...

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