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Santa Monica Council Accepts $400,000 in Grants for Samoshel Replacement Study

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June 25, 2019 -- The City Council on Tuesday took initial steps to underwrite a $340,000 study on replacing Santa Monica's 25-year-old "temporary" homeless shelter by accepting two grants.

The study, as well as an estimated $60,000 in administrative costs, will be paid with a $300,000 grant from the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and a $100,000 grant from California Community Foundation on behalf of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The feasibility study "on the interim and permanent housing needs of the City’s homeless population" will require approximately 3,000 hours over a two-year period to complete, staff said.

The City "will have an opportunity to reassess the needs of local residents who have fallen into homelessness and those experiencing chronic homelessness in Santa Monica, and who meet the City’s requirements for permanent housing resources," staff said in its report to the Council.

Unlike Samoshel, the sprung tent structure that shelters some 70 people every night, the new permanent facility would provide interim as well as permanent supportive housing, staff said.

It also could include "an urgent-care behavioral health center to mitigate anti-social behaviors in open spaces by persons in behavioral health crisis," staff said.

"Multi-use homeless services sites are complex development deals that require technical knowledge, a transparent community engagement process, and a multi-layered capital and operating funding plan," staff said.

City staff has neither the time nor the expertise to conduct the study, staff said.

"Given the pipeline of existing City priorities and in-depth technical expertise required for a thorough feasibility analysis, staff recommends the hiring of a consultant to conduct this study."

The City will issue a request-for-proposals (RFP) to select a consultant and return to Council with a recommendation to award a contract, staff said.

"Given the complexities of planning for a multi-discipline homeless services center in the Los Angeles region, the consultant must have previous experience working in Los Angeles County and be familiar with the Santa Monica community," staff said.

Earlier this month the Council voted to give Samoshel a $669,000 makeover while the City plans and builds a permanent replacement ("SAMOSHEL to Get Major Makeover Before Permanent Replacement is Built," June 12, 2019).

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