Vancouver City Council awards contract for second homeless village

The city has awarded a one-year, $552,212 contract to the nonprofit that will operate the city’s second Safe Stay community.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Vancouver city leaders are moving toward opening another “safe stay community” for the city’s homeless residents.

On Tuesday, the city council awarded a one-year, $552,212 contract to the nonprofit Living Hope Church to manage the day-to-day operations of the city’s second homeless village.

“Living Hope Church has extensive experience providing shelter and outreach services to homeless people in the community,” the city said in a news release Tuesday.

The non-profit organization will manage day-to-day operations and ensure that safety, security and sanitation measures are maintained, and that residents have access to the stabilization resources and services they need.

“Securing a committed and experienced service provider like Living Hope Church is the next important step in opening a second Safe Stay community in the city,” said Jamie Spinelli, Homelessness Response Coordinator for the City of Vancouver. “They are already strong advocates of supporting our unsheltered neighbors, providing regular outreach services such as meals, food/clothing bank, mobile shower trailer and more on a weekly basis.”

Spinelli added that Living Hope Church currently operates the only walk-in weather shelter in Clark County.

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“Living Hope Church knows what support is needed, how best to provide it, and how to do it compassionately,” she said.

The city’s first Safe Stay community opened in December on Northeast 51st Circle near SR 500 and Northeast 112th Avenue. The community consists of 20 small houses that house up to 40 people.

Since opening, the community has provided residents with referrals for permanent housing, placement support, and access to essential health and treatment services to exit homelessness.

The location of the second Safe Stay community has not been confirmed, but the city said it has chosen a potential site.

City leaders are conducting “an extensive outreach campaign to all residents and business owners within 1,200 feet of the proposed site, seeking their input during a public comment period,” the city said. .

The city’s goal is to open a second and third Safe Stay community by the end of summer 2022. The shelters would provide support to about 25% of the approximately 500 homeless residents living in Vancouver.

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