During the current COVID-19 crisis, Concord continues to work closely with local community partners to meet the needs of those who are most at risk and most in need. The CORE homeless outreach team, funded in partnership with the City of Walnut Creek, is continuing its daily work to provide basic supplies to persons living outside and to encourage social distancing and personal hygiene. The Concord Police Department’s Community Impact Unit (CIU) is working closely with CORE to respond to the needs of Concord residents.
The City has developed a program to provide hotel rooms for the most vulnerable of our unhoused residents, including the frail elderly and families with children. Meals on Wheels is providing a hot meal daily to those sheltered in hotels and to seniors who are unable to leave their homes. Portable toilets and handwashing stations have been installed at the Civic Center and at three local parks.
For more information on the City’s efforts during these difficult times, please see the attached letter from Mayor Tim McGallian.
- Motel/Hotel Program
- Food Program
- Hygiene Stations
- Contra Costa County Health Services Department
- CORE Team
For our unhoused residents, there is no option for sheltering-in-place as required by the County Health Officer. To help address this issue, the Concord City Council and City staff have developed a program to provide hotel rooms for the most vulnerable of those who are currently the streets. This includes the frail elderly, those with significant and life-threatening health issues and families with children. The City has secured temporary shelter for numerous households with the help of the Concord Police Department’s Community Impact Team and the CORE homeless outreach team.
In partnership with the City Council, Meals on Wheels is providing a hot meal daily to those Concord families who have been temporarily sheltered in motels and hotels, as well as expanding their delivery to homebound seniors. Through a weekly meal program, seniors can also pick up a weeks’ worth of meals every Thursday.
Social distancing and hand washing are among the most effective means of controlling the spread of COVID-19. To help meet the hygiene needs of our unhoused residents, four portable bathrooms and hand washing stations have been installed throughout the City. The facilities are located at the Civic Center and at Baldwin, Hillcrest and Meadow Homes parks.
In Concord and throughout Contra Costa County, homeless services are provided by the County’s Health, Housing and Homeless Services (H3) division. H3 is responsible for oversight of the Concord Adult Shelter and the CORE outreach team, as well as other programs that respond to the issue of homelessness. While the City does not manage these programs, we work closely with H3 to address issues and to keep our unhoused residents safe.
The County’s Health Services Division recently released a CORONAVIRUS & HOMELESSNESS FAQ sheet.
In partnership with the City of Walnut Creek, Concord funds a dedicated Coordinated Outreach, Referral, & Engagement (CORE) team that provides services in these two cities. The CORE outreach team engages homeless persons on the street and in the encampments where they live, providing services and making referrals to housing and other services. The CORE team is continuing its daily work to provide basic supplies to persons living outside and to encourage social distancing and personal hygiene.
If you would like to request services or have a concern regarding a homeless situation, please call the 211 line and ask for a response by the CORE team. Simply dial “211” from your home or cell phone.
CONTRA COSTA HOMELESS CONTINUUM OF CARE
The City of Concord is a participant in the Contra Costa Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC). The CoC is a local planning body that organizes and delivers housing and support services for homeless individuals across the county.
It is comprised of the following members all working in partnership with consumers to find stable housing:
- Education Systems
- Law Enforcement
- Members of the Faith Community
- Service Providers
HOMELESS SERVICES- DIAL 211
The 211 line gives you access to all homeless services County-wide. The Contra Costa County Homeless Program’s mission is to ensure an integrated system of care from prevention through intervention for homeless adults, veterans, youth and families within our community. For more information, dial 211 from your home or mobile phone.
SHELTER Inc. strives to:
- End the cycle of homelessness
- Prevent and end homelessness by helping low-income families and individuals stay in their homes
- Affordable housing
- Provide supportive services for veteran families