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County Makes ‘Bold Choices’ to Address Affordability and Homelessness in Newly Adopted Housing Element

County Makes ‘Bold Choices’ to Address Affordability and Homelessness in Newly Adopted Housing Element

County Makes ‘Bold Choices’ to Address Affordability and Homelessness in Newly Adopted Housing Element – By Ryan Burns, Lost Coast Outpost, 8-20-2019 The Humboldt County government is making some dramatic changes in its approach to improving housing affordability.  On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted a revised housing element that includes some bold new approaches aimed at encouraging the production of new housing, including low-income options such as secondary units and tiny house villages. Michelle Nielsen, the county’s senior planner for long-range…

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Grand Jury Report Finds Local Approach of Criminalizing the Homeless is Counterproductive

Grand Jury Report Finds Local Approach of Criminalizing the Homeless is Counterproductive

by Ryan Burns in Lost Coast Outpost, 7-11-2019 “The latest report from the Humboldt County Civic Grand Jury takes a critical look at local efforts to address our ongoing homelessness crisis, with extra focus paid to the law-enforcement-heavy approach in the county seat, which has the largest population of un-housed residents. “‘Eureka, in particular, has taken a kind of carrot and stick approach but with an emphasis on the stick,’ the report says. The authors conclude that “the use of…

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Humboldt County finalizes roster for homelessness solutions committee

Humboldt County finalizes roster for homelessness solutions committee

Eureka Times-Standard (http://www.times-standard.com) Humboldt County finalizes roster for homelessness solutions committee By Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard Wednesday, May 9, 2018 The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors finalized the roster of a 11-member committee that will be responsible for advising the county on how to tackle the significant issues of housing and homelessness. The Homelessness Solutions Committee is made up of five members representing the five supervisorial districts, one homeless or recently homeless resident, one person with affordable housing development experience…

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Concrete crushed, Eureka’s Waterfront Trail underway

Concrete crushed, Eureka’s Waterfront Trail underway

Less than one month after homeless were evicted from the Palco Marsh in Eureka, construction for the city’s new Waterfront Trail is underway. Years of graffiti and artwork on concrete structures and drying kilns from the former Pacific Lumber Mill site are now piles of rubble. The mill’s old reservoir is slated to be demolished next. This is Phase A of the trail. The concrete will be crushed down to gravel size and used as a base for the future…

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Affordable Housing Alternatives Community Forum with Andrew Heben

Affordable Housing Alternatives Community Forum with Andrew Heben

Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives (AHHA) was founded on the belief that everyone has a human right to a safe and legal place to live. Safe, Warm and Dry First! In 2014 AHHA held a forum with Andrew Heben from Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon on the successful development of tiny house villages. This model of truly affordable housing was the basis of AHHA developing proposals for immediate, affordable, safe Sanctuary Camping, Safe Parking Programs, and Tiny House Villages as a…

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Lawsuit seeks to suspend Eureka’s marsh eviction deadline

Lawsuit seeks to suspend Eureka’s marsh eviction deadline

A federal lawsuit filed Monday afternoon is challenging the constitutionality of the May 2 deadline that Eureka gave to nearly 150 homeless campers to vacate from city-owned property at Palco Marsh. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by local attorney Peter Martin on behalf of 11 homeless residents who currently live illegally in the marsh area. Speaking to the Times-Standard on Monday afternoon, Martin said he filed the lawsuit to prevent “a humanitarian disaster in the making.” “When…

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Despite Uncertainty, Homeless Container Community Project Plows Forward

Despite Uncertainty, Homeless Container Community Project Plows Forward

The city of Eureka received one response to its request for proposals to help the soon-to-be-displaced homeless people currently residing behind the Bayshore Mall, and it appears to dead on arrival. City Manager Greg Sparks said he’s currently reviewing the proposal submitted by the local nonprofit Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives with an eye on making a recommendation to the city council at its next meeting, on May 2, the same day the city will be forcing the 140 to 200…

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City-Approved Eureka Homeless Camp Plan Gains New Steam

City-Approved Eureka Homeless Camp Plan Gains New Steam

Eureka has tried and failed before, but there’s now another concerted push underway to develop a legal, sanctioned, managed homeless encampment to serve the city’s homeless population, and the process seems to be moving rather quickly. This afternoon the nonprofit group Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives (AHHA) will unveil its “Sanctuary Camp Proposal” at a meeting of stakeholders and other interested parties at the St. Vincent de Paul free meal kitchen in Old Town. The meeting, which starts at 2 p.m….

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An AHHA Moment

An AHHA Moment

Eureka has struggled with what to do with the sprawling community of homeless people camped behind the Bayshore Mall for more than a year. With construction due to begin on a waterfront trail this spring, the more than 100 people currently living in the Palco Marsh may soon have to leave. Mayor Frank Jager acknowledged the time-crunch in a surprise speech delivered at the close of the March 1 city council meeting, dropping the mic (well, banging the gavel) after…

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