Ft. Bragg Council to consider housing winter homeless shelter at C.V. Starr Center • The Mendocino VoiceThe Mendocino Voice


FORT BRAGG, 12/6/20 — As days get shorter and nights colder, Fort Bragg still hasn’t found a place to establish its usual winter shelter. Homeless people who have no place to sleep are spending their nights walking around Fort Bragg and Mendocino or huddled under bridges, or in camps in the woods. To make things worse, the non-profit Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center (MCHC) has announced it can’t open the winter shelter even with a location, due to an inability to find qualified staff. MCHC had planned to open a winter shelter on Dec. 1. 

This dismal situation could all change as early as January if the Fort Bragg City Council makes the decision to help at their special meeting this Monday night. At that meeting, the City Council will consider having the city lease part of the closed C.V. Starr Community Center to MCHC for the months of February and March — an action recommended by its Ad Hoc Homelessness Committee. The proposal is likely to be controversial, as issues involving the homeless and MCHC usually are in Fort Bragg.

In addition, the city will consider whether to boost the pay of MCHC’s winter shelter employees by as much as $4 per hour for “pandemic hazard pay.” The current wages range from $14 to $16 per hour for overnight supervisors and up to $20 per hour for the boss, according to online information about the jobs. The cost to the city of the wage subsidy and lease would be about $15,000, city documents state. 


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