Numbers Matter - What are we spending on the unhoused?
The Short Answer: The City is spending less than $150,000 out of our $12.5 million budget for 22-23. Do I wish it were less? Of course. Am I VERY pleased its not more? That's a big yes! Are we getting quality service for that ~$150,000? That's a huge YES.
$150K in City Funding for Quality Services: $75,000 for a homeless outreach worker who connects the unhoused with County and other services and also acts as a liaison for our police department, and $73,000 for management of Park Village, the case managed affordable housing mobile home park in town. Effective and efficient services from the nonprofit West County Community Services.
Federal/State/County $$ Covers the Rest: Aside from Park Village, we also have Horizon Shine and Elderberry Commons in our town. Neither is receiving City funding for its operations. They are operated by nonprofits that receive federal and state monies through the County. How about the portapotties and hand washing stations that were set up on Morris to serve the encampment that was there before Horizon Shine opened? Again, those did not affect our City budget because they were covered by a grant lined up by West County Community Services (the manager of Park Village). Even the funding the City provided to Horizon Shine at the outset of the program was..yes..you're seeing the pattern here...reimbursed to the City budget through County funding.
- Total City Revenue & Expenses Summary (pg 8 of the 22-23 Budget).
- $75,000 for Homeless Outreach Worker (pg 48 of the 22-23 Budget).
- $73,000 for Park Village Management Contract (pg 139 of the 22-23 Budget).
- $0 for Horizon Shine (pg 37 in the 22-23 Budget for the $80,000 County grant that covers the $60,000 expense found at pg 48).