Posted by emilyallen on:
Below is a very good statement from Lynnelle Williams regarding Willbridge's proposed use of the property under their permanent supportive housing program.
Dear Peabody School Officials, Parents, San Roque Neighborhood, and Community at large,
I would like to provide some clarification about what Willbridge does and what we intend to do at 2904 State Street.
Willbridge operates two types of housing: Transitional Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing. Our Transitional Housing provides shelter and case management and other support services for chronic homeless mentally ill individuals and is the first step in their coming from the streets to greater independent living. This is NOT what 2904 State Street will be used for.
The second type of housing we offer is Permanent Supportive Housing, which IS the intended use of 2904 State Street. Permanent Supportive Housing is low income housing for individuals who are currently housed and are now ready to live in a more independent setting and who require minimal supervision but continue to receive case management and other supportive services.
Permanent Supportive Housing residents are often employed, enrolled in school, or in other vocational training programs. They pay 30% of their income in rent, make their own meals, clean their own rooms, care for the common areas of the housing, and are building the skills necessary to prepare them for completely independent living.
Our planned eligibility guidelines for potential residents of the Permanent Supportive Housing facility at 2904 State Street include:
- They must have demonstrated an interest and ability to live independently and want to move to greater independent living.
- To be considered, they must either be employed or a student in a technical or similar program.
- They must be fully able to live independently, and are medication compliant.
- They must have three recommendations, including one from their doctor.
- They must have proof of income
- They must not use illegal drugs or drink on the premises and they must agree to random drug testing including breathalizing tests: violation is cause for removal from the housing program
- They must help foster a positive environment for themselves and other residents of the facility. Non compliant individuals will be removed from the residential program.
Willbridge actively manages its facilities to assure that clients comply with all house rules. To assure a positive environment for residents, residents must live within house rules or they are asked to leave and referred to another program.
At Willbridge, ALL premises are illegal drug and alcohol free. Residents who don’t comply are asked to leave and referred to another program.
As a result of this active management process, Willbridge has successfully operated all its facilities without significant complaints from its neighbors.
Willbridge has operated a Permanent Supportive Housing facility for 6 residents at 18 E Sola Street for the past two years without complaint or unfavorable incident with neighbors.
Willbridge Permanent Supportive housing clients do not panhandle, do not loiter on the streets, are not aggressive with the individuals they come in contact with, are respectful of the rights of others and want to live in their housing that Willbridge provides and for which they pay rent.
In addition, Willbridge has operated two Transitional Housing facilities in the 1200 block East Montecito Street for 6 years; these buildings can accommodate 14 individuals in two buildings. These clients have not had any unfavorable incidents with their neighbors.
Willbridge has received a $123,000 two year renewable grant from HUD for the operation of a Permanent Supportive Housing facility to house 8 individuals. Willbridge intends to operate 2904 State Street under this HUD grant funding, which is restricted for use only for Permanent Supportive Housing, and has specific requirements for its operation and the clients it serves. We have until July, 2011 to put a facility into operation to qualify for this Grant. If the acquisition of State Street is denied, it may not be possible for us to put another facility into operation in time, and Willbridge and the community would lose the use of these Federal funds.
There has been much concern recently raised about programs for the homeless in Santa Barbara. The 2904 State Street is an affordable permanent supportive housing project and not a revolving door shelter. Its resident will have demonstrated stability in transitional housing & are interested in moving forward with their life as contributing members of the community.
Our goal is to empower individuals, assist them is reintegrating back into community living and support their efforts in rebuilding their lives.