Two-City Joint Contract
Jan 30, 2017 08:28AM
● By Jennifer Neys
Martinez and Pleasant Hill Consider
Joint Outreach to the Homeless
The Martinez City Council has made it a priority to help resolve the homeless issue in their city. At the January 18 meeting, city council directed staff to draft a joint contract for services with the City of Pleasant Hill and the Contra Costa County division of Health, Housing, and Homeless Services to provide outreach to the homeless population in Martinez and Pleasant Hill.
If this contract moves forward, the Health, Housing, and Homeless Services Division of the County will hire two CORE (Coordinated Outreach, Referral, and Engagement) team members to provide services to Martinez and Pleasant Hill. The team would engage the homeless population and be the direct shelter placement providers for county operated adult shelter beds that are vacant. Referrals would get people into the system of services so they could be assigned caseworkers, and the team would also have access to resources such as field medical aid and behavioral health assessments.
Chief of Police Manjit Sappal noted that the City of Martinez and the City of Pleasant Hill would share the costs of a CORE team dedicated to providing outreach, and each city would benefit from 20 hours of outreach services each week. The county would hire the personnel, and the team would focus all of their time in Martinez and Pleasant Hill. Not only would they be responsible for outreach efforts in both jurisdictions, they would be connected to all county resources and services within the coordinated entry program. The dates and times would be coordinated with both cities and adjusted as needed.
The cost to contract a full-time CORE team from the county amounts to $109,760 annually. If shared between Martinez and Pleasant Hill, the cost would be $54,880 for each city. The CORE team members would be county contracted employees, and the city would contract for their services.
Mayor Rob Schroder said, “I’m very happy to see something that could be a very comprehensive program, rather than just shuffling these folks around. I am in complete support of this and am glad to hear that existing funding is going to be enough to take care of it, and whenever we do need additional funding, I’m in complete support of moving forward with it.” City council requested an update on the progress of the contract in thirty days.