How many people will this building serve and what do you do if/when you fill up?

It is important that any new facility is the right size for our community and that the resources available are prioritized for those who truly need them. By having the facility in a safer, more secure location the number of people in and around the shelter for nefarious reasons will drastically decrease as the staff will have more control and also be vigilant 24-hours a day; therefore nightly counts will increase. The City is committed to providing emergency shelter for its most vulnerable neighbors and contingency plans would be in place for any future overflow emergencies. Any future plans would be community solutions and would require the continuum of service providers to step up and work towards a unified solution. There are currently housing first programs coming available that are going to house more than thirty of our community’s most chronically homeless people, lessening the burden on emergency shelters. In the interim, until a new building opens, City staff will continue aggressive housing work to drive numbers down using data and critical review of what is working and not working. 

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1. Why do we need a new shelter?
2. What kinds of services would be offered at a new location?
3. Why should the City operate an emergency shelter?
4. Why should we provide shelter services to people who are not sober or struggling with their mental health?
5. Is there support for this project among other social service providers?
6. If the shelter were to move, how would people get to work, medical appointments, apartment showings, etc.
7. How will this be received by the guests who access shelter services?
8. How many people will this building serve and what do you do if/when you fill up?
9. How would you decide who gets beds if you fill up?
10. Why are you proposing a single floor shelter rather than a two floor model ?