Permanent Facilities Meeting Notes
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February 16, 2018December 8, 2017November 10, 2017September 8, 2017August 4, 2017July 7, 2017May 31, 2017
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Cold Weather Shelter is up and running well. We are working with NCHA and Sunrise to provide medical care to folks that express need for it. Meals have been covered by volunteers from the community. For donations it's difficult to compare to last year because it depends mainly on the drives Catholic Charities puts on but the community has been very involved in helping.We are still in the negotiation process with the Tri Point building and until things are finalized we cannot disclose details. The rent funds for this building are secured and are not being taken away from other programs. ($200,000 will come from city, and Sunrise will cover the rest) Landlord does not seem to have a sense of urgency but we are persistant. In order to have a residential area for people to sleep there needs to be a firewall between the kitchen and the 9,000 foot area. We have two options: to build the firewall or to rent out the kitchen until April in order to secure a cold weather shelter for the rest of this season. Board voted to approve Jeanine signing a 3 year lease with Tri Point building contingent upon having an MOU/ signed agreement to help pay rent. Mazda location may be used for a cold weather shelter until the Tri Point building is ready. If kitchen is rented out to someone else, a one hour fire wall will need to be built, otherwise we will be able to move in relatively soon!3313 31st St. in Evans could potentially be an option. There's a suggestion that perhaps we need to go public with our situation with newspaper article about how dire a situation the cold weather shelter is- we have exhausted options and people will die if we don't secure a building. The group reviewed previous locations discussed and updates on whether or not those locations will match our needs; Cassy is creating a business plan that will help to clarify what this location will be, who it will serve, how it will be programmed, etc.The group opened discussion reviewing the CDBG funds that are dedicated to this year's Cold Weather Shelter, clarifying that these funds are applicable ONLY if they are geared toward a permanent solution; City representative walked the group through the details of the arrangement and the process to apply for the funds for temporary shelter uses. They addressed the need for environmental review, DAvis Bacon wages, and other challenges that accompany using federal dollars. It will be important to be critical of the timing of using federal fundsThe group discussed the design for pod units and a campus of services as designed. This design would provide 54 individual pod units which could be used for affordable housing or temporary shelter. There are also two building on the campus, one for offices and one for community space; the design is cheaper as each pod is only a sleeping/storage area. There will be centrally located kitchen and bathroom facilities. It is estimated that each pod will cost about $10,000 to construct but this is a much more affordable option than other building designs. There would also be the capacity to transform the community dining area into Cold Weather Shelter at night by moving the tables in the main room and having a safe camping area, a place where folks can legally camp without interfering with private property concerns.
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The Navigation Center business plan will be sent out this afternoon- if there are any questions or comments, please let Cassy know. We have been connecting with community partners who are already serving these people asking if they are interested in using the Navigation Center as office space.Goals of the Navigation center is to be a place for people to do laundry, take showers, etc. and talking about people's housing plans/options. We want to create partnerships to be able to easily connect clients to services. There are currently folks camping out behind the Tri Point building and we don't want this to be recognized only after we move in. We want to make sure that we are strategic in managing the clients that come through the navigation center. How are people going to travel to this building [pushing their carts, people with disabilities, etc.] all the way down there? Will people show up? Need to find out the bus schedule. Waypoints/Streetlight is looking for an area to store people's belongings [ in lockers ]. Folks usually hang out downtown because they're going to go to where the food is.Options:
Going back to the motel idea- $129 minimum/night, restrictions on who can utilize, not many m/hotels will work with this population.
Could be space on the back of the crisis center (across the street from fire dept.)
Old State Farm building contact person: Mitzy?
C-dot property- land to develop affordable housing/homelessness center (downside it's by a school)

The group discussed the CDBG funding that the contingencies that are in place for this year's funding streams (this year's funds were allocated ONLY if they were applied to a permanent location for the shelter)We reviewed potential location for buying and rehabbing existing building; we also discussed leasing options that are available on the marketThese units would need to be nearly indestructible and meth proof - aka they each need to have their own heating and cooling systems.
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The Frontier House has a model in which they give their members work. The staff to member ratio is low because peer support seems to work well. We would like to implement this kind of model into the Navigation Center. Doug has served on the Frontier House advisory board for 18 years. We are going to apply to the Gates Foundation to cover some costs of putting in showers, laundry, etc. This will not become a separate non-profit any time soon. Weld's Way Home will have control over this entity as of right now in order to pilot this and, based off success, will become a separate non-profit. Should we use the Mazda building to do the Cold Weather shelter and continue to look for a navigation center location if we don't get the kitchen included in the lease with the Tri Pointe building? Partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build the wall for the Mazda center to separate the service area from the area that could be used as the Cold Weather Shelter.Getting contacts with C-Dot
Fellowship hall @ Michael's church (St. Patrick's) as a last resort
When thinking through funding, we realized that it will be easier to purchase the building without federal dollars and the group discussed what mass community engagement for funding a project like this would look likeThe City of Greeley has built many indestructible bathrooms - maybe they can help us build that on this campus
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Since we have a building that is (conditionally) locked in for 3 years, this committee is going to start meeting quarterly to keep the conversation going about finding and potentially buying a building. We have to always keep searching to make sure funding options work out and if anything happens to our current lease, that we are prepared and not caught off guard. We must always have a plan B. Must make sure this will not look like the Greeley Library with people loitering. Putting up signs and making intentional rules to manage this. Emphasis on navigating people to housing first. Our role is not to provide any services except getting people connected to housing. Bus tickets: 24- hour pass, knowing where people are going in order to give them a pass [for going appointments vs going to hang out at Lincoln park]. Strategic on tying the bus passes to someone's specific housing plan. If there's a lot of commuters on the last stop of the route, would there need to be an additional bus? Heavily rely on case managers to work with people on the unknowns of the situation. Important to form relationships- why are they here, what are their plans, etc. and have continuous communication and updates with the staff that is working at the Cold Weather Shelter in order to know and understand the people who are repeatedly staying there. Opposed to someone that is just passing through temporarily to understand who we need to really prioritize for housing. Make flyers to get the word out about where the cold weather shelter is.In Housing First there always has to be an emergency shelter- ideally the navigation center would have a basement that could be used for this. People perceive HF as getting rid of shelters altogether- keep educating the public, officials, etc. We would need about two acres of land, 3 being the goal
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People present for this meeting: Doug, Jeff, JR, Pam, Enita, Lyle, Kayla, Cassy, FredPeople present for this meeting: Cassy, Lyle, Bob, JR, Fred, Pam, Melanie, KaylaDuring people's stay look at-- housing plan, employee prospects, what's their support group/agency they're connected to, etc. What time should we keep people in the shelter? How do we get the services to participate? What do we need to provide at the navigation center to get people into housing? What are the services that we need to get involved? What would the additional costs be for this? case management process more intentional this year to connect folks to resourcesWe also followed-up on the conversation about having an interfaith model host the CWS at various congregations but it seems that there would be push back to that method. Pam presented the group with the requirements of any space we would use for the CWS.
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Budgeting: goals for WWH, where capacity needs to be added, funding model, etc. Once this gets figured out, will have more answers on how to move forward.The CDBG application is due July 19 - perhaps some of that money could be used for this project
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