Keep Fremont Homeless Navigation Center Away from Homes and Schools

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On July 9th, we successfully kept the Fremont Homeless Navigation Center from most Fremont residential neighborhoods, but the job is not yet complete.  Our campaign continues.

We still have 1 residential neighborhood to go: Decoto.

Keep Fremont Homeless Navigation Center Away from Decoto!

While it is important to find ways to help homeless people, it is also important to ensure safety for everyone. The Decoto site is dangerous for the homeless. It is on a road with high speed traffic.  It is situated in a liquefaction zone with landslide risk and a major gas transmission pipeline running right through it.  It is located far away from police station and hospital, increasing response times when the homeless needs help. It is also close to thousands of homes and 7 public schools with 7600 students. These factors represent significant safety concerns, which is why Decoto is scored lower than the other option.

We respectfully request that the city council to remove the Decoto site from consideration.  The Homeless Navigation Center (HNC) should not be located in any residential neighborhood. Berkeley and Hayward's HNC are both located away from residential areas.  Furthermore, if such a center must be opened, we respectfully request that the city council to only consider options (g). Option (g) is the only option that is located in a commercial area away from schools and residential areas. It is the only location that meets 6 out of 6 selection criteria. 

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On July 3rd, City of Fremont released a new list of all potential sites for new Homeless Navigation Center.  Many new locations were added to the list.  Below is the new complete list of sites:

a) Decoto Surplus Property (adjacent to Regan Nursery)
b) Former RDA Parcel (adjacent to Niles Town Plaza)
c) Future Pacific Commons Sports Park on Automall
d) Future Palm Park Site (Mission San Jose)
e) Isherwood Surplus Property (Mission Lake)
f) Open Space at Mission Blvd / Sullivan Underpass
g) Parking Lot at City Hall
h) Parking Lot at Fremont City Maintenance Center on Osgood
i) Washington Grade Sep Remnants (Irvington BART)
j) Weibel Open Space
k) Niles Discovery Church

While it is important to find ways to help homeless people, it is also important to ensure safety.  Some of these proposed locations are next to roads with high speed traffic or railroad tracks.  Many are also close to homes and schools.  These factors represent significant safety concerns.  Furthermore, there are still many open questions regarding the efficacy of the center, and additional time is needed to inform and get feedback from Fremont citizens.

We respectfully request that the city council conducts more extensive studies and seeks more community feedback before deciding on such a center.  Furthermore, if such a center must be opened, we respectfully request that the city council to only consider options (g).  Option (g) is the only option that is located in a commercial area away from schools and residential areas.  It is the only location that meets 6 out of 6 selection criteria.  We do not believe that the new homeless navigation center should be located at any other site due to close proximity to homes and schools, and unique and significant issues specific to each site.

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