"Let’s House Hayward!" strategic plan to reduce homelessness
The City of Hayward has long identified homelessness and housing affordability as a key issues in the community and has supported local efforts to address these issues in conjunction with the larger regional efforts, as evidenced by the City’s recently approved Hayward Strategic Roadmap. One of the City’s six priority areas for the next three years is to Preserve, Protect, and Produce Housing for All. Within this priority are ten different projects to holistically address affordable housing and homelessness in the City, including the creation of the “Let’s House Hayward!” homelessness reduction strategic plan.
Like other jurisdictions across the nation and world, the City of Hayward is responding to COVID-19 and the short and long-term fiscal and economic implications of the global pandemic. With drastic increases in unemployment, State, regional and local financial resources have diminished considerably and the potential for increased rates of housing instability and homelessness is high.
As a nationally recognized expert on homelessness with extensive technical assistance and facilitation experience, Homebase is supporting the Hayward Community Services Division in the drafting of the City’s homelessness reduction strategic plan.
|Issue RFP||June 3, 2020|
|Selection of Firm||July 2020|
|Conduct Assessment of Existing System and Services||August 2020 – September 2020|
|Stakeholder Engagement/ Input||September 2020 – January 2021|
|Synthesis and Draft Plan Development||December 2020 – January 2021|
|Finalize the Plan and Plan Approval||February 2021|
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
The City of Hayward will hold a two-day community planning summit next week as part of an ongoing effort to develop a new “Let’s House Hayward” strategic plan to reduce homelessness.
The summit will entail a series of virtual interactive forums, including a kick-off event and three working-group sessions, and take place next Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 19 and 20. Members of the public are invited to join the entire program or these individual events and sessions as time allows:
- Summit Kick-Off: Tuesday, January 19, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
- Housing and Shelter Solutions Working Group: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 3-4 p.m.
- Services and Outreach Working Group: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1-2 p.m.
- Homelessness Prevention Working Group: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2-3 p.m.