STATE OF­FERS TWO SITES FOR HOME­LESS

New­som's plan in­cludes park-and-ride lot, field near River Park

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By John Glid­den jglid­[email protected]­al­don­line.com @glid24 on Twit­ter

A park-and-ride lot and an open field near River Park are the two pieces of state-owned prop­erty avail­able to the city of Vallejo un­der Gov. Gavin New­som’s plan to ad­dress home­less­ness.

New­som an­nounced last week that he’s mak­ing 268 prop­er­ties across the state avail­able to lo­cal cities and coun­ties for use to shel­ter the home­less.

One of the prop­er­ties is a park-and-ride lot be­tween Beni­cia Road and Lin­coln Road East, while the other site is si­t­u­ated be­tween Mare Is­land Way and Far­ragut Av­enue. Both prop­er­ties are owned by the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (CalTrans), ac­cord­ing to a state data­base show­ing all 268 prop­er­ties.

Vallejo Mayor Bob Sam­payan ex­pressed skep­ti­cism with the plan.

“First, it’s great that com­mu­ni­ties will be able to use state prop­erty, but if you look at the map of Vallejo that shows where the state lands are lo­cated, they are in high den­sity neigh­bor­hoods,” Sam­payan said. “I’m wor­ried that if we were to build a shel­ter on those lands, we would anger the res­i­dents. Some cities have state prop­erty that is bet­ter suited for a shel­ter and I would ap­plaud them if they built on those sites.”

The state is of­fer­ing to lease the prop­er­ties to the agen­cies for $1 a year, while also pro­vid­ing $650 mil­lion in State Emer­gency Home­less Aid to help the projects be­gin.

Sam­payan has been vo­cal about his support in find­ing funding to build home­less shel­ters and nav­i­ga­tion cen­ters in the city of Vallejo. He toured the Di­vi­sion Cir­cle Nav­i­ga­tion Cen­ter in the Mis­sion District with

San Fran­cisco Mayor Lon­don Breed last Septem­ber.

Two months later, Vallejo an­nounced that it se­cured $6.2 mil­lion from Sut­ter Health, NorthBay Health­care, and Kaiser Per­ma­nente for the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of a nav­i­ga­tion cen­ter with 125 beds lo­cated in South Vallejo.

Sam­payan said his con­cern is with funding of a shel­ter after its built.

“Will the state as­sist us on build­ing th­ese shel­ters, staffing them and pro­vid­ing ser­vices,” he asked. “Right now, it has been vol­un­teers and do­na­tions that are keep­ing our shel­ters alive.”

Vallejo of­fi­cials have pre­vi­ously said the city has about 600 home­less.

New­som said in a press re­lease that all lev­els of govern­ment “must work to­gether to get Cal­i­for­ni­ans off the street and into hous­ing and sup­port­ive ser­vices.”

He fur­ther said the state is “step­ping up” by mak­ing the land avail­able to agen­cies “will­ing to meet this mo­ment head-on.”

“I in­vite lo­cal lead­ers to use this land on what works for their com­mu­nity’s home­less needs so that we can be­gin to make mean­ing­ful progress to help in­di­vid­u­als ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness,” he said.

Vallejo spokes­woman Al­li­son Mat­ti­oli said City Hall is work­ing on a coun­cil study ses­sion “in or­der to present and dis­cuss op­tions, and re­ceive Coun­cil di­rec­tion.”

“The city is ac­tively ex­plor­ing a va­ri­ety of op­tions re­gard­ing home­less­ness, in­clud­ing the po­ten­tial use of state-owned prop­er­ties,” she said.

CHRIS RI­LEY — TIMES-HER­ALD

Gov­er­nor Gavin New­som re­cently of­fered this state owned prop­erty next to Food Mart on Wil­son Ave, and an­other across from Chris’ Club on Lin­coln Road East as sites to house the home­less. The state is of­fer­ing to lease sites to com­mu­ni­ties for $1a year and is al­low­ing them ac­cess to the emer­gency home­less fund to help with the process.

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