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Key Milestones of the Homelessness Solutions Task Force
- City partnered with San Bernardino County Housing Authority to convert a dilapidated motel into a 31-unit, permanent supportive housing complex.
- City Council approves the creation of a Homelessness Solutions Task Force to address the complexity of homelessness.
- City hires its first Homelessness Solutions Coordinator.
- City Manager, Keith Metzler designated co-chair of the Desert Regional Steering Committee (advisory group for Interagency Council on Homelessness). City Manager, Keith Metzler has been a member of San Bernardino County’s Interagency Council on Homelessness since 2018.
- City Council adopts a Homelessness Solutions Strategic Action Plan.
- Code Enforcement creates an Online Trespass Arrest Authorization Form. (Citizens able to give law enforcement permission to take swift, legal action against trespassers and vagrants on property).
- City host annual Point in Time Count (35.4% increase in homeless persons).
- City initiates Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate emergency responses to matters related to COVID-19, attend to the needs of the homeless, respond to federal, state, and local orders, and manage human resources.
- City receives entitlement notice from the State regarding annual Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA). ($632,770 to be released for FY 2020).
- City receives direction from Council to pursue the location of the Wellness Center at: 16902 First Street Victorville, CA 92395.
- City Council orders a Notice of Exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) streamlining the construction process for the Wellness Center Project.
- City’s application for Homeless Housing Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) grant was approved ($300,000).
- City launches Homeless Solutions Webpage.
- City receives a Funding Reservation Letter from the State for Project Homekey in the amount of $16.8 Million for Wellness Center Project.
- City drafts RFP for Lead Operator to oversee Interim Shelter and Wellness Center (Operator will transfer services to Wellness Center once constructed)
- City was notified by HCD of an award in the amount of $28,004,058 under Homekey Round 2 for the Wellness Center project, of which $23,612,058 was awarded to fund capital construction costs and $4,392,000 for operational expenses.
- City Council approved the initial construction contract for the construction of Phase 1 of the Project to Angeles Contractors Inc.
- Construction for Phase 1 started. The scope of the Phase 1 construction includes the following: the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) Interceptor through the project boundaries; grading of the site; a stormwater detention basin; and underground utilities for storm drain, sewer, domestic water, fire suppression, electrical and gas. The project was separated into two construction phases to start site construction as soon as feasible to comply with Homekey grant deadline.
- City Council approved contracts with Connect Homes for the manufacturing of 46 modular shelter units, and Urban Bloc for the manufacturing of five modular bathroom units.
- City Council approved a second contract with Connect Homes for the manufacturing of modular units for four community buildings. The manufactured buildings are progressing on schedule at the factories. As of September 2022, Connect Homes has already completed all the shelter buildings within their factory and are gearing up to start the manufacturing of the community buildings. Urban Bloc is also progressing on the 5 community bathroom buildings.
- In an effort to expand our efforts addressing homelessness in the city, City hires Homelessness Solutions Manager
- City Council approved the Phase 2 construction contract for the remaining site work to Angeles Contractors Inc. The scope of the Phase 2 construction includes: a sewer lift station and grease interceptor; street improvements, a fire access road, a parking lot; building foundations; anchoring the modular buildings to the foundations; electrical wiring; utility connections to the buildings; finishes on the community buildings; food service equipment in the cafeteria building; wood decking for porches and patios; accessible concrete sidewalk and paths; irrigation; landscaping; fencing; gates; and other miscellaneous improvements.
- The Homelessness Solutions Team submits an application to receive HUD funding for Unsheltered