Potential parking and camping spots identified in Stockton

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The city’s ad hoc homeless committee will hear about the three potential sites in southeast Stockton at a meeting on Thursday.

STOCKTON, Calif .– City of Stockton staff have identified three potential sites to use as safe areas for camping and parking for the homeless. The city’s ad hoc committee on roaming will hear information on the sites identified during a meeting on Thursday.

At a board meeting in September, board members unanimously approved $ 1.8 million to be used for camping and safe ground parking as part of the $ 12.5 million funding. dollars for the homeless provided to the city by President Joe Biden’s US bailout.

At the secure sites, which will be closed, members of the homeless community will be able to camp and park vehicles as well as run generators.

The sites will be staffed around the clock with three to four staff members per shift. According to the plan, the safe ground sites will also include hand washing stations, portable toilets, meals, a pet area with garbage bags, and visits from county mental health officials twice a day. week.

Christina Fugazi, vice-chair of the city’s homeless ad hoc committee, believes the safety sites are a short-term plaster to the city’s homelessness problem.

“If we plan to create or build more navigation centers or transitional housing, it takes time,” Fugazi said. “In the meantime, it’s important that we have a place where people can go, and that they don’t have to worry about violence …”

Plans to open secure campgrounds and parking will work first as a pilot program with one location before other sites are opened by the city, according to city documents.

City staff members researched and visited secure sites in other cities, such as the City of Sacramento’s Ground Safety Program, when drawing up plans for the Stockton sites, according to the city.

Officials reviewed more than 30 potential sites in the city, selecting three finalists who will move on to the next steps. All three locations are land owned by the Town of Stockton or Caltrans along the South East Freeways from Stockton, near the town center.

The proposed safe land sites are in a Caltrans-owned “ride-on” parking lot adjacent to Hwy 99 along Mariposa Road, a vacant city-owned lot on Myrtle Street off Hwy 99 and another vacant land belonging to the city on Stanislaus and Lafayette streets. just south of the Crosstown Freeway.

The sites are mainly located in industrial zones, excluding the site on rue Stanislas et Lafayette, which borders collective housing.

Two of the proposed sites are located in the Fugazi district. According to Fugazi, the location of the sites was planned because most of the services for the homeless fall under his district.

“I thought we would find a location somewhere in District 5 for temporary, safe camping and secure parking,” Fugazi said. “Homeless people are all over our city, and if we’re able to provide a safe place where we can provide some level of service to individuals, then I think that’s what we should be doing.”

It is not yet clear which site will be the first to open as the city’s pilot site. The success of the ground safety site will be measured by the number of homeless people moved to shelters, the number of clients under case management and the number of service calls to the site, according to the plan.

The Town of Stockton will now examine the sites it owns to determine the cost of installing the pavement and utilities. At the Caltrans site, the state agency will conduct an internal review to possibly lend the land to the city. The Caltrans review is expected to be completed by mid-January.

Fugazi says the timing of the opening of the first site depends on how much infrastructure the city will need to build around a safe ground location, but hopes it will be soon.

City documents indicate that the City hopes to issue a call for tenders for organizations that will provide services at the sites by April.

“We just talked about it,” Fugazi said. “I want us to at least try something.

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