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October 18, 2021

Closing the time gap

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

The City Council will be considering a proposal to extend the hours at the Alameda Point Day Center to provide Alameda homeless population with 24 hours of services between the day center itself and the safe parking program.

From the staff report:

Staff is recommending that the City Council authorize the City Manager to execute an agreement in the amount of $137,194 with The Village of Love to extend the open hours of the Day Center to support individuals experiencing homelessness in Alameda. The center is currently open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. If approved, this funding would allow the center to be open the following additional hours: Monday-Friday 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm starting October 25, 2021.  The extended hours would increase access to safe, comfortable indoor spaces with connections with services. Extended hours would also be more compatible with the Safe Parking program, allowing participants to have a safe place to reside 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This is a great idea because it was concerning that there is a current two hour gap between the closure of the day center and the safe parking hours of operation. It would be nice to get some update on the number of clients being served through this center to see how used the center and safe parking are and whether the City needs to do more outreach.

Over the weekend I did notice that the largish encampment (mostly of recreational vehicles) had been cleared out of the overflow Main Street Ferry parking lot. It’s not immediately clear where the folks and vehicles relocated to but hopefully there is space for these folks at the Day Center and Safe Parking lots. There is still a very small non-vehicle based encampment located at the entrance of Alameda Point around the corner from the parking lots but without emergency shelter space in Alameda there really isn’t anyplace for these folks to go after the Day Center closes.

The amount being proposed seems so nominal in comparison to the extra supports it will be able to provide.

5 Comments »

  1. Lauren, what really bothers me is the reason for the city to suddenly clear out the homless encampment. after several years of city in action the Monday before the large Boy & Girls club event that was to take place on the front lawn of City Hall West ,as I drove to the main gate there were four police cars and officers with some city staff, a dump truck, front end loader and a few other city vehicles. with in four days all the cars were tagged or hauled away, two 30 ft. trailers were demolished and place in debris dumpsters. the encampment disappeared only to come back after the event was over. it seems to me that the only reason this happened was to put on a good face for the city administration. there were thousands of dollars spent on this, in my opinion not for a very good reason.

    Comment by John P. — October 18, 2021 @ 11:02 am

  2. Interesting timing. So the following week of Oct 4th the homeless vehicles and stuff along the Embarcadero East between Livingston and the Dennison St entrance to Coast Island escalated dramatically. Could they be those who were removed from Alameda? They blocked so much of roadway that I was not surprised to see it entirely cleared out on Oct 7th. But they could be just relocated to east of 880 along 23rd Avenue .

    Comment by Mary Ellen Denison McMuldren — October 18, 2021 @ 11:13 am

  3. The Main Street Ferry Terminal has been approved for major terminal improvements, and an RFP to construct the improvements was recently approved for release.

    I’m not certain, but I believe the lot that was cleared is part of the Main Street Terminal site. I remember parking on that site for years (pre-pandemic) due to the lack of available parking at other sites.

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 18, 2021 @ 11:47 am

    • not only was that lot cleared but the entire area from the dog park to the main gate itself on both sides of the street was cleared five days before the big event, now no more enforcement.

      Comment by John P. — October 18, 2021 @ 12:36 pm

  4. I believe they are supposed to move the dog park and that whole area is getting redone. I don’t know the timing. They left a huge mess further past the part they cleared out and put up the cones. I don’t think people would mind if they just cleaned up after themselves.

    Comment by Joe — October 20, 2021 @ 7:32 am


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