Los Guilicos Village

Los Guilicos Village

The Board of Supervisors approved emergency actions to create an immediate temporary shelter site and navigation center.

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Background

On January 14, 2020 the Board of Supervisors discussed the Emergency Outdoor Shelter Site solutions and Joe Rodota Trail security.

Agenda Item #36

The Board of Supervisors selected Los Guillicos, 171 Pythian Road, for a temporary shelter site. This site has 60 emergency 64 square foot housing units, restrooms, showers, dining area/warming station, personal storage, dog run, a Navigation Center, medical services, fire watch, and 24-hour security. This temporary shelter site will be managed and supported by St. Vincent de Paul.

Outdoor shelters are not in themselves a solution to homelessness. The outdoor shelter model is designed to help people experiencing homelessness take their first step towards permanent stable housing. Services at the site would be geared to help people move into permanent supportive housing. An outdoor operator managed shelter is a new model for Sonoma County, and it has demonstrated positive results in other regions.

This temporary shelter will operate until the longer-term indoor-outdoor shelters are created, but no later than April 30, 2020 – whichever comes first. The temporary shelter is an interim solution before the County establishes up to two longer-term indoor-outdoor shelters that will be operated for an additional nine months as a pilot program. When the pilot site or sites are identified, the temporary shelter site will close and residents will relocate.

The County will continue to provide updated information as this process unfolds, and will reach out to businesses near any site that is selected and work to address concerns. 

Site Selection Process & Cost

Why is the County considering establishing a temporary shelter site?

On January 14th the Board of Supervisors approved the creation of the Los Guilicos Village, a temporary shelter of small cabins, to address health and safety hazards created by a large homeless encampment on the Joe Rodota Trail in Santa Rosa. The goal is to clear the trail by January 31, 2020.

The temporary shelter model is designed to help people who are unsheltered take their first step toward permanent housing. County officials do not consider this type of shelter as a long-term solution to homelessness but do see them as a necessary step toward more stable living arrangements. This type of shelter is a new model for Sonoma County and has been successful in other regions.

What criteria was used to select the temporary shelter site?

The County used the following criteria:

  • Site Location (with a desired proximity to Joe Rodota trail and city services/amenities)
  • Site area (suitable for capacity needed)
  • Site characteristics (flat for ease for ADA compliance)
  • Access to services (Behavioral health/social services nearby)
  • Amenities to the target population
  • Utilities (water, sewer, electrical, storm water)
  • Proximity to County services
  • County-owned property
  • No encumbrances/covenants that may restrict the site
  • Access to mobilize and operate the site
  • Proximity and ease for law enforcement and emergency coverage
  • Nearby uses and activities
  • Existing site development and reusability
  • Potential hazards (flood, fire, seismic, hazmat, etc.)
  • Cost to acquire, establish, and operate
  • Zoning/land use regulations

Why isn’t the County using other sites for the temporary shelter such as the Sonoma Developmental Center, the old Sutter Hospital on Chanate, the Water Agency building on College, or the Fairgrounds?

These sites have existing issues that are either cost prohibitive to resolve or would take too long to develop.

How much will the Los Guilicos Village cost? How is the County paying for the shelter?

The temporary shelter site is estimated to cost a total of $2.2 million. Of this total, the County anticipates more than $600,000 can go toward establishing the longer-term, pilot shelter sites similar to the temporary shelter.

Shelter expenses will be covered by general fund contingency funding approved by the Board of Supervisors in December 2019.

Research shows that public costs incurred by those experiencing extended homelessness are often significantly higher than the cost of providing individuals with a path toward housing and support services.

What outreach will the County do to inform residents and businesses near the temporary shelter site?

County staff is contacting neighbors and nearby businesses to provide information about the Los Guilicos Village, and to address questions or concerns.

Site Operation

Where is the temporary shelter site be located?

The temporary shelter is located at the County’s Los Guilicos campus at 171 Pythian Road.

Who did the County select to operate the temporary shelter site?

St. Vincent de Paul Society will manage the County’s temporary shelter. On January 14, the Board of Supervisors authorized staff to execute a service agreement with St. Vincent de Paul for $350,000 for three months.

How will Los Guilicos Village be managed?

Los Guilicos Village will operate until the longer-term indoor-outdoor shelters are created, but no later than April 30, 2020 – whichever comes first. The shelter will house up to 60 people at a time.

Los Guilicos Village will be managed and supported by St. Vincent de Paul. The shelter will provide meals and bedding. Cottages have hardened walls and roofs and locking windows and doors. Site features include showers, toilets, trash collection, laundry services, parking for residents’ vehicles, storage for residents’ belongings and other measures to ensure health and safety.

Case management services will include housing navigation, counseling and support to identify needs and referrals to appropriate services as needed. Animal care will be arranged.

Drugs or alcohol are not be allowed on the shelter site. On-site management and security will be provided. Occupants can come and go during the day, but cannot enter or leave at night.

How will residents be selected to live at Los Guilicos Village?

The County Department of Health Services ACCESS Interdepartmental Multi-Disciplinary Team will continue to work with individuals occupying the Joe Rodota Trail to assist them into moving into housing. This team identifies those occupants with reasonable accommodation needs and finding the appropriate housing placement and necessary services immediately. For Los Guilicos Village, the County is prioritizing high risk individuals including seniors over the age of 60, veterans, women who have been abused and people with chronic health issues. Learn more about the County’s housing needs assessment used in consideration when placing an occupant in shelter or housing.

What does Los Guilicos Village look like?

Cottages have hardened walls and roofs and locking windows and doors. The shelter is clean, safe and welcoming.

What services will be provided at Los Guilicos Village?

Case management services will include housing navigation, counseling and support to identify needs and referrals to appropriate services as needed.

Other services to promote health and safety will include showers, toilets, trash collection, laundry, meals, parking for residents’ vehicles, a dog run, storage for residents’ belongings and other measures.

How many people will be allowed at Los Guilicos Village?

Los Guilicos Village will house up to 60 people at a time.

Are animals allowed at Los Guilicos Village?

Yes.

What will individuals staying at Los Guilicos Village do during the day?

Some residents may use the shuttle to leave the shelter, particularly those with jobs or those that need to access services outside the shelter. There will be set meal times and other activities including games and TV for residents.

How long will this temporary shelter site be in operation?

This temporary shelter will operate until the longer-term indoor-outdoor pilot shelters are created, but no later than April 30, 2020 – whichever comes first. The Board will consider the two pilot site options in March or April.

What happens to the temporary shelter after 90 days?

The County’s intention is to close the camp within 90 days and move occupants to one of the longer-term indoor-outdoor pilot shelters. The Board of Supervisors will determine the location of these sites.

Public Safety

Will there be a curfew at Los Guilicos Village?

Yes, those staying at Los Guilicos Village must check in and out, and there will be a curfew from 9pm to 9am. There will be set meal times and other activities to incentivize the residents to be home in the evenings.

Will drugs or alcohol be allowed at Los Guilicos Village?

Drugs and alcohol will not be allowed at Los Guilicos Village. On-site management and security will be provided. If a resident leaves Los Guilicos Village and comes back under the influence, staff will attend to for their health and safety first. When they are sober, they will receive support from the multidisciplinary teams. However, if the behavior continues, they will be asked to leave.

How will security be handled?

24-hour on-site security will be provided.

How will the Los Guilicos Village be managed to minimize any impacts to the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home, which is located at Los Guilicos?

The Valley of the Moon’s Children’s Home is a county run foster care facility with security in place to maintain resident’s safety. The Los Guilicos Village management team is working closely with Valley of the Moon staff to address any and all concerns. Valley of the Moon’s Children’s Home staff will be updated regularly about the Village and can directly contact the management team 24/7. Village residents will not be allowed to enter the Valley of the Moon’s Children’s Home campus.

Will residents be assisted with evacuation during a disaster situation?

Yes.

What is your plan to ensure sanitation and pest control at the emergency outdoor shelter site?

The operator will have regular trash removal and bathroom services to ensure sanitary conditions and pests are not an issue.

Will campfires be allowed?

No open flames will be allowed Los Guilicos Village.

Will individuals staying Los Guilicos Village be able to walk around the neighborhood?

Residents of Los Guilicos Village must travel on the provided shuttle.

Traffic & Transportation

How will selected Joe Rodota Trail occupants be transported to Los Guilicos Village?

The County will provide transportation to Los Guilicos Village for those that are offered placement.

How will individuals at the temporary shelter access services outside the shelter?

There will be a shuttle that runs hourly from 9am-9pm. Residents of Los Guilicos Village must travel on the provided shuttle.

The shuttle service will try to deliver individuals directly to their appointments in most instances. In addition, the shuttle will drop riders off at service centers and transportation hubs at a few locations in Santa Rosa.

Other Questions

How can I get more information about the shelter projects or provide feedback to the County on the shelter initiatives?

These webpages feature the latest information about the County’s efforts to address health and safety hazards on the Joe Rodota Trail. You are welcome to Contact Us and submit questions or feedback.

Where will the County’s longer-term indoor-outdoor pilot shelters be located?

County staff are evaluating potential sites for the longer-term indoor-outdoor pilot shelters and will bring possible sites to the Board of Supervisors for consideration and public comment in the coming weeks.

Contact Information

Address
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235

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