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File #: 2021-1080   
Type: Consent Calendar Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 7/20/2021
Title: Recommendation to Authorize the City Manager to Execute a One-Year Agreement with Operation Dignity to Provide Mobile Outreach Services for Alameda's Homeless Population in an Amount Not to Exceed $149,717 for Fiscal Year 2021-22; and Adoption of Resolution Amending the General Fund Budget to Appropriate an Additional $27,317 for Operation Dignity to Provide Mobile Outreach Services. (Community Development 10061833)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Contract, 2. Resolution
Title

Recommendation to Authorize the City Manager to Execute a One-Year Agreement with Operation Dignity to Provide Mobile Outreach Services for Alameda's Homeless Population in an Amount Not to Exceed $149,717 for Fiscal Year 2021-22; and
Adoption of Resolution Amending the General Fund Budget to Appropriate an Additional $27,317 for Operation Dignity to Provide Mobile Outreach Services. (Community Development 10061833)
Body

To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The global crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our community in this unprecedented time in our history. According to the 2019 Point-In-Time count, Alameda had 231 individuals living in temporary shelters, encampments, parking lots, bridge underpasses, tunnel entrances, parks, sidewalks, and other areas not suitable for human habitation. Staff and community providers believe that this number has grown during the pandemic. Moreover, as we emerge from this crisis and life returns to a new normal, residents who have been sheltered may become unsheltered when the eviction moratorium is lifted.

Operation Dignity's (OD) mobile outreach team provides street-based harm reduction services, case management, housing navigation, and other supportive services in Alameda. During the pandemic, OD's mobile outreach team has been instrumental in identifying homeless individuals who show symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, as well as helping the individuals find a space in Alameda County's Operation Comfort motels to quarantine. This team has also helped with referring elderly and medically-fragile unhoused Alamedans to shelters with an open bed.

OD's current contract is expiring and staff is recommending that the City Council authorize the City Manager to execute a $149,717 contract with OD to provide mobile outreach services for Alameda's homeless residents for Fiscal Year 2021-22, so that the City can continue offering these vital services to its...

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