City Staff are diligently working with the architect and consultants to deliver a well-developed project. They aim to break ground in early spring for optimal construction weather.
The Access Center operator will be determined at the September 6 City Council Meeting, which will allow staff to consult with them throughout the construction process and effectively move the project forward.
The temporary Access Center will remain open, providing services to those experiencing homelessness. Currently, the center remains at capacity (49) overnight and averages 60-80 individuals seeking resources and services during the day. Since opening the temporary Access Center, there have been numerous success stories as demonstrated by over 80 individuals transitioning to long-term programs, gaining employment, gaining housing, connection to Behavioral Health, and reuniting with family.
As statistics only tell part of the story, below are a few success stories to put faces to the positive outcomes being seen at the temporary Access Center.
Chad (31), came to the Access Center on October 9th, 2022, after a 10-year history of fentanyl and methamphetamine addiction. Prior to losing himself to substance abuse, Chad served his country as a Marine and worked in construction. During his time in addiction, he became a father and was cut off from his family due to his substance use. Chad currently has over 6 months of sobriety, is working full-time in construction, is able to pay child support, and has regular visitation with his seven-year-old son. He describes his life as significantly more peaceful. He’s learned healthy coping skills and is able to keep the challenges of life in perspective.
Jeff (37), had a 10-year alcohol and methamphetamine addiction. During this time, he developed significant mental health issues and was heavily medicated. The combination of medication and alcohol abuse was extremely destructive, both for him and his relationships. He lost contact with his family and significant other. Jeff began his journey at the Access Center and then entered the ICA Program in October 2022. After participating in the ICA program, he was able to start working for them, reconnected with his significant other, and was present at the birth of their daughter. He now is working, co-parenting daily, and planning a future with his family.