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Yearly tab for temp homeless center is $600K
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The homeless are shown inside the emergency shelter operated by Inner City Action at 555 Industrial Park Drive.

There is now a bottom line for what it takes to run a year-round emergency shelter that is a rudimentary one such as what Manteca is now operating with a tent as the main anchor in the parking lot of the Qualex building at 555 Industrial Park Drive.

The minimal cost is just over $600,000 a year.

That is based on what Manteca will end up spending from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2020 between an initial contract with Turlock Gospel Mission, the current contract with Inner City Action that expires Oct. 31, and a new contract with Inner City Action that will end March 31, 2022.

So far the costs are being covered by state and federal grants. Once the latest contract is paid there will be $168,000 in such funds left. The city can always apply for more grant funding that is not an automatic guarantee to help over costs shelter operation costs beyond March 31, 2022.

The contract for the next six months is $279,800. The Manteca City Council will consider awarding the latest contract to Inner City Action when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Inner City Action will continue to operate 7-days a week, 24-hours a day through March 31, 2022.

Services for homeless clients will be offered during the day with sleeping accommodations in the evening.  Services and resources to both the unsheltered community and to those who are on the verge of being unsheltered will include:

* All necessary furniture and sleeping cots

* Case management

* Restroom facilities

*Shower and hygiene services, to include free haircut services

*Meals and food distribution



*Health Management Information System intake and service tracking

* Mail service

* Life coaching

*Pet kennels and food

* Service referrals

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