Following models utilized in other cities throughout the region, the Mercy Coalition has a proposal before the City of West Sacramento that would utilize existing church facilities as overnight Winter Warming Centers for the homeless in a one-year pilot program for 2018-19. The joint city/county/coalition pilot would make the 20-bed warming centers available five nights a week at participating churches, with intake occurring at designated off-site locations and no walk-up clients permitted.
The proposal is expected to go before city council on Nov. 7.
PILOT PROGRAM SUMMARY
Dates of operation: Dec. 2, 2018 – March 22, 2019 (5 nites/week)
Planned Locations: Center for Spiritual Awareness, 1275 Starboard Dr. Community Lutheran Church, 920 Drever St. Lighthouse Covenant Church, 3605 Gregory Ave. Southport Church, 2919 Promenade St.; W. Sacramento Community Church, 1020 W. Capitol Ave.
WWCs operator: Mercy Coalition of West Sacramento
Beds available: Maximum 20 adults. (Note: hotel vouchers and emergency shelter sequences will be made available for families with children)
WWC hours: 6pm – 7am
Intake: Designated off-site location accessible to homeless population. (Note: No intake will take place at the WWC churches)
Staffing: 1-2 trained PT/FT staff on site at all times.
Supplemented by: Trained community volunteers, beginning with those from the Coalition’s 12 member churches.
Transportation: Independent contractor (Shores of Hope).
Insurance: Carried by the Mercy Coalition as a $1 million certificate for each location utilized.
Key Collaborative Partners: Yolo County Health & Human Services; West Sacramento Police Department; West Sacramento Homeless Coordinator Mark Sawyer; Yolo County Homeless and Poverty Action Coalition (HPAC); Shores of Hope; Our Lady of Grace/St. Vincent DePaul; Lighthouse Covenant Church; Center for Spiritual Awareness; Holy Cross Church; New Seasons Church; West Sacramento Community Church; Revive Church; River’s Edge Church; Project Church; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Cornerstone Church; Southport Church; Yolo County Children’s Alliance; Collings Teen Center; Scott Thurmond Consulting.