McKay plan flawed

 

Editor: 
So, you thought Measure A was to help solve the city’s homelessness problem? You will see on the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) website, that they were given a 59-year lease of a 34-acre site at Alameda Point containing 200 housing units and other facilities. The mission was to administer employment and housing programs for Alameda County’s homeless.

Measure A APC is now asking the voters to enable a second facility on McKay Avenue in the heart of Crab Cove and Crown Beach to provide health and wellness services for “Alameda’s homeless,” without bothering to mention that this proposed facility, like the Alameda Point complex, is to be a regional center for the homeless of Alameda County. 

Why Alameda should be the focus of this county-wide program has never been explained, but should it be a reality, we will be the destination of choice for more than 5,300 homeless who originate outside our city.

Among other things, the APC plan calls for providing temporary respite services to 50 clients at a time. Many of these stays can be for less than one month. Since APC offers no believable evidence the beneficiaries would be able to find long term housing, on discharge, it is predictable that many, if not most of them, would revert to homelessness in and around Crab Cove and Crown Beach. For this reason, with as many as 24 cycles of 50 people in and out of respite care per year, this facility would, sadly, greatly increase, not decrease, the number of homeless in our community. 

While Alameda is a caring community, this flawed program will produce more problems than solutions.

Vote no on A and “yes” on B!

 

 

Diane Broch

Editor’s note: The proposed wellness center is not in “the heart” of Crab Cove and Crown Beach. The center’s literature clearly states that it will serve Alameda County. The center will not be a “destination of choice for more than 5,300 homeless”. The Sun invites the letter writer to back up this claim. 

The center will be supportive housing to care for 80 to 90 homeless, older adults and a 50-bed recuperative care center for adults undergoing intensive medical treatment. This letter writer can neither predict what those discharged from the center would do, nor do how many cycles the center would undergo each year.