Opening a temporary bridge shelter at the Vancouver Navigation Center tops Alpha Project’s list of recommendations to improving the city’s response to homelessness, according to a report made available Friday.
The San Diego-based homelessness nonprofit believes a shelter, ideally requiring people to carry membership cards to gain access, could be fully operational within 90 days of choosing an operator.
The report was commissioned by the city and paid for by the Ed and Dollie Lynch Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. Jennifer Rhoads, the community foundation’s president, said Thursday that it had not yet received a contract from Alpha Project.
Homeless Resource Manager Jackie St. Louis said city staff are still reviewing the 44-page report, so it has not been scheduled for discussion by Vancouver City Council, which in July called for an independent third-party review of the contentious Vancouver Navigation Center.
The move came about as the city was poised to approve a major reorganization of Clark County’s homelessness response system, forming a Joint Executive Board on Homelessness. It’s been on hold pending this report.