City Supports New Emergency Low Barrier Homeless Shelters

The City is proud to partner with C-U at Home and other local funding partners this winter to provide emergency low barrier shelters to residents without an address. Later this month, C-U at Home will begin “wet shelter” operations that will be available from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. through mid-April at two new locations. A “wet shelter” is open to individuals who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. One shelter will be for individuals identifying as male and the other is for those identifying as female. Professional staff with experience in mental health and/or substance abuse will work alongside professional security staff to ensure a safe environment for people to sleep overnight throughout the cold winter months.

On December 7, the City Council voted to enter into a subrecipient agreement with C-U at Home to support shelter operations to meet the critical needs of residents without an address. Using the City’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, the City will enter into an agreement with C-U at Home in an amount not to exceed $212,544 to ensure two security staff members at each of the two new locations. As a condition of funding, the City will serve on C-U at Home’s Steering Committee and will provide input on C-U at Home’s policies and practices.