We have made the shelter project our priority and will take your advice on shelving the permit ordinance. Perhaps offering the safety vests will be enough to improve safety.
The plans call for the following:
- A) Intake dorm for 25 men
- B) Intake dorm for 25 women
The dorms are for initial intake processing; health evaluations, initial program registration, etc. These areas are more for the protection of the majority of residents from possibilities such as lice or other medical transmissions. Also, single men and women will be evaluated for roommate compatibility, medical needs, etc.
- C) 10 Small studio apartments for couples without children
Studies have found that separating married couples in shelters, based on a lack of children, puts undue stress on the relationship and difficulty obtaining joint services. Initially, childless couples would be separated in the intake dorms for the same evaluations as singles, and for verification of marital status.
- D) 25 standard 2 bedroom apartments for families with children. Families will be immediately placed in apartments for initial intake evaluation and for long term stays.
- E) 60 Townhouse, 2 story units
These units will have 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a small kitchenette. Units are designed for roommate style living; 2 upper bedrooms with shared bath, 2 lower bedrooms with shared bath. Kitchenette will have small individual dorm style refrigerators (4), and 2 microwaves. Kitchenettes are for use as personal use “snack” facilities, as a full cafeteria style kitchen, serving 3 meals per day, will provide meals for the entire complex.
- F) 20 Senior/Handicap Studios
These units will be for seniors and single handicapped individuals. Also for special need individuals
Resident facilities, other than residential services:
- A) Full cafeteria dining hall and kitchen. Provides full meal service, 3 times per day, for the entire complex. Kitchen facility will also be used for classroom/training facility for culinary arts program.
- B) Computer learning center:
Facility designed for continuing education for GED, job training, and general computer use for job seekers. Computer center will also serve as an additional facility for computer training and for social services applications.
- C) Full laundry facility
- D) Daycare Facility and After School Facility
Provide full daycare and pre-K center. After school programs for resident children
- E) Various office facilities for combined social service programs.
At present there are separate locations, throughout Eureka, for programs such as WIC, SNAP, DHSS, Medi-Cal, etc. Offices will be provided for these services to be located on-site for ease and speed of qualifying residents for services. We will attempt to include services that the MAC will eventually drop for families.
- F) Medical Clinic
Clinic will process initial intake evaluations, outpatient care, and pediatrics. Additionally, facility will provide mental health services. AA, NA and other addiction services will also be available for all shelter residents.
- G) Kennel facilities for resident pet owners
All dogs owned by residents will be kennel kept; no in resident pets allowed. Vet services will be offered as needed; all resident pets will be required to have full vaccinations and be spayed/neutered in order to qualify. Pets must remain on leashes at all times, except while in kennel day care facility. Service dogs will be allowed, with City of Eureka license and ADA requirements.
This project does NOT include religious services, but will be capable of providing offices and facilities for services as requested by residents.
Drug use and alcohol use by residents will automatically disqualify individuals from the residential facility.
The overall development is designed to be a combination facility offering “Shelter style facilities” during intake processing, Rapid Housing style facilities via roommate units and family units. Senior/Handicap facilities for elderly and handicap residents. Also, some of the family units will fall under the same style that the MAC currently provides.
Most of the facility services will be provided by residents as a condition of qualification. Kitchen duties, facility grounds-keeping, facility laundry, etc. will be performed by residents as part of job training and/or condition of residency.
Overall, the facility will have up to 45 full time employee positions plus additional part time positions.
We are still trying to obtain adequate property for the facility. Then construction and staffing will be determined.
It is possible that the facility will combine services with Betty Chin, but details have not been completed.
There has been quite a bit of legwork and research done to design a facility where residents can comfortably live while making progress toward self-sufficiency.
To date, total raised toward construction: $3.56 million.
Total raised for operations: Annual commitments of $1.85 million.
Estimated construction cost: $5.5 million
Estimated annual operations: $2.2 million
IF you have constructive recommendations, please let us know.
Again, this is a combination facility modeled after new programs, such as those in use in Utah, and other large shelter programs in use in San Diego, Dallas, and Tampa Bay. Eureka Citizen members have toured facilities in each of these locations to assist in design of facility and services offered.