Move Safe Parking Pilot Program to a Lot that Doesn't Impact Any Richmond Neighborhood

Move Safe Parking Pilot Program to a Lot that Doesn't Impact Any Richmond Neighborhood

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Richmond City Council has voted to place a Safe Parking Pilot Program for unhoused individuals in front of City Hall at Civic Center. The residents of Richmond, CA demand that the Richmond City Council call for a reconsideration of the vote selecting Civic Center as the location for the Safe Parking Pilot Program. We demand that Richmond City Council selects a site outside of residential neighborhoods.

Under the current plan, neither children nor pets are provided for. As the program currently stands, the 90-180 day window would force people to relocate shortly after moving to the site. Not providing the program participants with a long-term place to park means that when they are forced to leave, they would spill out into whichever neighborhood the program is placed in.

The Civic Center area is already riddled with crime, including drug use, gun violence, and prostitution. Placing the site in the Civic Center Parking Lot would be counter productive and would only be a temporary solution. This site is already unsafe, and placing an at risk community that needs extra safety in this location does not benefit the participants of the program or the residents and businesses of the neighborhood.

The project has lacked transparency from the beginning, and the current plan has left Richmond residents with many questions that the City is unwilling to answer. The draft budget presented to the City Council on February 2nd, 2021 is already at $591,000 - significantly over the $560,000 funds allocated for this project. Furthermore, site preparation, refuse removal, storage, and flexible funds to pay for unanticipated expenses are not included in the budget. The proposal suggests the Civic Center lot will be the most expensive to prepare and the costs of preparation are unknown. How much extra will this project cost Richmond taxpayers, and where will that money come from? Which already underfunded programs in Richmond will need to be cut in order to pay for the excess funding the Safe Parking Pilot Program will require? After the one year term of the Safe Parking program ends, there is no plan or budget for how to end the project, and the program could remain in the North & East neighborhood indefinitely.

Citizens from all over Richmond have signed this petition to show that they do not believe any residential neighborhood is the correct place for this site, and to show their support for a site that is outside the residential areas. 

Per the San Jose Mercury News, Richmond, CA has other programs such as GRIP's Project Roomkey that are currently under investigation by Contra Costa County for mismanagement after reports of child murder on site, alleged failure to keep accurate records and report information to the county. Officials also listed numerous complaints from clients, community members and staff that included theft of client belongings and information, maltreatment of clients and staff, misuse of county-funded facilities, illegal activity by staff, failure to conduct background checks, health concerns related to food preparation and pandemic safety protocols, and failure to compensate staff. See the Report about Project Roomkey Here

Please sign this petition to let the City Council know that relegating high risk members of our community to the center of residential neighborhoods without a thorough plan does not benefit anyone.

The below news url is an article and source confirming the Council’s decision. 

https://richmondstandard.com/richmond/2021/02/24/richmond-council-picks-civic-center-over-hilltop-mall-for-safe-parking-pilot/

 

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