A lot of background on the issue of providing shelter for the homeless in Sunnyvale and what is referred to as North County is provided in Report to Council 14-0675
. Following receipt of RTC 14-0675, City Council directed staff to further explore various options for moving forward, and to report back to Council on August 12, 2014.
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW
Since receiving Council direction on July 15, 2014, staff has been exploring various related issues, communicating with the County, and preparing a report with options for Council's consideration on August 12. Council held a public hearing on August 12 regarding those options (one of which would consider using the Community Center gymnasium as a temporary cold weather shelter this coming winter). Following the hearing, Council voted to continue to support the County in its efforts to develop a replacement shelter facility, and to remove the Sunnyvale Community Center from the list of options for such a new facility. The list of options Council voted to suggest that the County consider included: the Georgia Travis Center in San Jose, the County property at Fair Oaks and E. California Avenue in Sunnyvale, the City’s portion of the former Onizuka Air Force Station in Sunnyvale; and an “Inclement Weather Shelter Program” which would operate at multiple smaller sites throughout the County, but only on nights when severe cold or other severe weather conditions are expected.
If Council were to formally consider any City property for use as a homeless shelter, the public would be notified, and additional outreach meetings would be conducted to share more detailed plans (costs, operating hours, security measures, etc.). These outreach meetings would occur in advance of a public hearing where you can share your thoughts and feelings with the City Council, and all this would precede any formal Council action to commit any City property to such a use.
August 12, 2014: Staff presentation to City Council regarding homeless shelter options. See Report to Council 14-0733
. Meeting minutes will be available after the August 26 Council meeting. Watch a video of the hearing.
August 26, 2014: County Board of Supervisors will consider alternatives for a replacement shelter facility. See County Agenda.