SHEL­TER

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - LO­CAL -

Pa­cific Gas and Elec­tric of­fices sit on one side of the prop­erty, while an RV re­tailer oc­cu­pies the op­po­site side. Di­rectly across the street is Cherry Blos­som As­sisted Liv­ing and Yuba Skilled Nurs­ing Home and houses are on each side and di­rectly be­hind the fa­cil­i­ties.

The clos­est house to where the shel­ter will be built is ap­prox­i­mately 155 yards and the clos­est as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity is ap­prox­i­mately, 50 yards away.

Dur­ing mul­ti­ple com­mit­tee and board meet­ings over the past month, com­mu­nity mem­bers voiced their con­cerns with the shel­ter be­ing built in a densely res­i­den­tial area.

In Novem­ber 2017, the Sut­ter County Board of Su­per­vi­sors adopted a long-term home­less man­age­ment plan, prior to the ap­proval of the Live Oak Blvd. lo­ca­tion on Sept. 11, 2018. On Jan. 8, the Board of Su­per­vi­sors ap­proved to ap­ply for grant fund­ing to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion and op­er­a­tion of the tem­po­rary home­less shel­ter.

The shel­ter will be at the lo­ca­tion for as long as it’s needed and Sut­ter County’s in­terim top ad­min­is­tra­tor Steve Smith said the county re­ceived a pro­posal from the Sal­va­tion Army to staff and run the fa­cil­ity.

The county would sup­ply the hu­man ser­vices side of the op­er­a­tion, with the Sal­va­tion Army mon­i­tor­ing on-site needs.

Smith said the goal is to even­tu­ally turn it over to an or­ga­ni­za­tion that can man­age it fully.

Sut­ter County pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Chuck Smith said the county’s goal is to have all costs funded through grants, with­out the use of any gen­eral fund money.

With pre­vi­ous costs from the gen­eral fund as­so­ci­ated with staffing and a $300,000 river cleanup, Chuck Smith said a lot has al­ready been used for ways to aid and im­prove the home­less sit­u­a­tion.

The lo­ca­tion is longterm for sta­bil­ity, but the home­less com­mu­nity that will use the fa­cil­ity will have short-term, tem­po­rary stays to help them get back on their feet.

The board’s man­age­ment plan ad­dressed oc­cu­pancy to cap 60 peo­ple at the most, but not at the in­cep­tion of the shel­ter, and no more than 90 con­tin­u­ous days of stay.

“It is the in­tent to work with these in­di­vid­u­als to find al­ter­na­tive, full-time hous­ing dur­ing that three­month pe­riod,” Chuck Smith said. “It is not the in­tent of the shel­ter to al­low in­di­vid­u­als to leave af­ter 90 days just to re­turn.”

Chuck Smith said hav­ing fa­cil­i­ties for sin­gles

and fam­i­lies to stay al­lows for the county to en­force a no camp­ing or­di­nance.

Sacra­mento con­sul­tant Scott Thur­mond has been work­ing with the home­less pop­u­la­tion for the past 28 years. His first job out of col­lege was in Yolo County work­ing in home­less ser­vices and el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Since then, he has opened a con­sult­ing agency and con­tin­ues to help coun­ties in the re­gion.

For Sut­ter County, he helps over­see the plan­ning of the shel­ter site, helps to ad­dress any ques­tions or con­cerns from the com­mu­nity and looks at

fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­fra­struc­ture and op­er­a­tions.

“I help the county strate­gi­cally plan on is­sues re­lated

to home­less­ness and specif­i­cally the home­less shel­ter, but this is just one of the com­po­nents I as­sist with,” Thur­mond said.

Randi Love/ap­peal-demo­crat

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