Staff Report

Approve Resolution No. 2018-84, Declaring a Shelter Crisis Pursuant to Chapter 48, Statutes of 2018 and Government Code Section § 8698.2.


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In order for new funding from the State of California in the form of Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) to be used in Patterson, it is required that the City Council, by Resolution, declare a shelter crisis pursuant to Senate Bill 850 and authorize the city’s participation in the newly established “Homeless Emergency Aid Program.”


Recently, the State of California announced a new funding stream to local cities called

the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP). HEAP is a $500 million block grant

program designed to provide direct assistance to cities and counties to address the

homelessness crisis throughout California. HEAP is authorized by Senate Bill (SB)850,

which was signed into law by Governor Brown in June 2018.


HEAP funds are intended to provide funding to Continuums of Care (COCs) and large

cities (LCs) with populations over 330,000, so they may provide immediate emergency

assistance to people experiencing homelessness. Eligible uses include, but are not

limited to the following: homelessness prevention activities, criminal justice diversion

programs for homeless individuals with mental health needs, establishing or expanding

services meeting the needs of homeless youth or youth at risk of homelessness, and

emergency aid. The HEAP funding allocation for Stanislaus County based on

population and the 2017 homeless count is $7.2 million.


The City of Patterson in collaboration with Stanislaus County are working to identify

eligible projects and activities to be funded with the HEAP grant funds.


The HEAP program is administered by the California Homeless Coordinating and

Financing Council (HCFC), which is a division of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. As part of the application process for the HEAP funds, the governing body of an eligible jurisdiction must adopt a shelter crisis declaration pursuant to Chapter 7.8 of the Government Code. The attached Resolution contains specific language and text that is required by the HCFC and program administrators.




In order for HEAP funds to be used in Patterson, the emergency shelter declaration is required in accordance to Chapter 7.8 of the Government Code.


When specific projects or property is identified, an environmental assessment or initial study will be required before funds can be committed.




There is no Fiscal Impact at this point.

Meeting History

Dec 18, 2018 7:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting

City Manager Irwin reviewed his staff report.

Laura Elkinton, H.O.S.T. House, Patterson - addressed the City Council on the item of Naomi's House (Women's Shelter). Held first women's breakfast meeting December 1, 2018.

Heather Bold, Patterson - addressed the City Council on the item of Naomi's House (Women's Shelter), had over 40 ladies in a breakfast meeting December 1, 2018.

Laura Elkinton, H.O.S.T. House, Patterson - addressed the item of homeless sleeping in cages/walnut boxes. Ms. Elkinton addressed Jennifer's situation regarding being homeless, sleeping in her car at a gas station, attending classes of the Cambridge Academy Enterprise Restart Program, now has a home, and future graduate of the program.

Mia Mendez, Patterson - addressed the City Council asking questions about drawbacks of declaring a shelter crises.

City Manager Irwin addessed Ms. Mendez's questions/concerns.

The City Council addressed their support to approve Resolution No. 2018-84, declaring a shelter crises Pursuant to Chapter 48, Statues of 2018 and Government Code Section 8698.2.

Mayor Novelli addressed Patterson H.O.S.T. House, the City's Helen Putnam Award for Excellence 2018, Housing Programs and Innovations, community crises/problem, Cambridge Academy Restart Program and the looking to get federal funds.

Mayor Novelli moved to Approve Resolution No. 2018-84. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Farinha and unanimously approved by a 5-0 roll call vote.

MOVER:Deborah M. Novelli, Mayor
SECONDER:Dominic Farinha, Council Member
AYES:Dennis McCord, Joshua Naranjo, Dominic Farinha, Alfred Parham, Deborah M. Novelli