Lodi’s Salvation Army is hoping to add three new units at its Hope Harbor shelter to serve homeless families who have nowhere to turn.
Currently, families, especially those with single parents, are sometimes turned away because no children are allowed to stay in the men’s section, and boys older than 11 cannot stay with their mothers in the women’s shelter.
The Salvation Army is asking for help from San Joaquin County, the city of Lodi and local donors to raise $480,000 to build the three new units where children can stay with their mother or father, and two classrooms for adults at the shelter, Lt. Dan Williams said.
The units will include a bedroom, a living room where parents can sleep, and a bathroom.
Right now, families with children who cannot stay at the shelter have to live somewhere else or find a place for the children to stay while the parent stays at Hope Harbor, Williams said.
He said the three new units will provide an opportunity for the organization to help more families.
“I would rather have my kids with me,” he said. “It’s rough to be separated while getting back on your feet.”
When the organization built the shelter in 2003, it left a warehouse to the south with plans to turn it into the three rooms and classrooms. It now houses bicycles, ladders and boxes of supplies.
The organization has already secured $33,600 from the county’s Community Development Block Grant funding. It also requested $288,000 from the city, but Williams expects to receive between $205,000 to $215,000.
The rest of the money — between $231,400 and $241,400 — will be raised through donations. The nonprofit plans to start construction in July.
“We really need this. It’s a long time coming. ... I really believe the community will come forward and help,” Williams said.
One example of the need: a father who is a veteran and recently asked for help from the shelter. They had to send him into Yuba City because that was the nearest program. With family units, the organization could have helped him locally instead of having him relocate.
The organization also wants to build two classrooms. One will be used for culinary cooking lessons and the other for computer classes, Williams said.
The Salvation Army project is competing with five other nonprofit capital projects for limited CDBG money. The projects total $652,426, but only $240,000 is available for these type of projects.
In total, the city will receive $750,000 in funds, which will come to $600,000 after administration costs.
The council policy on CDBG funds is to set aside 60 percent for city projects, and use the rest for community-based organizations.
The Lodi City Council will have a public hearing on the projects on March 16, and will then draft a plan that will be available for a 30-day public review. The final plan will be approved on April 20.
Below is a glance at the projects, and how much money they requested from the city.
Organizations service programs (Total available: $32,500)
- San Joaquin Fair Housing Association — Provide required fair housing services, including a telephone hotline for tenants and landlords, investigation of complaints and fair housing testing: $20,000.
- Second Harvest Food Bank — Provide support for the food assistance and senior brown bag programs: $10,000.
- San Joaquin County Human Services Agency — Provide nutritious home-delivered meals to Lodi seniors five days a week: $30,000.
- Emergency Food Bank — Host a mobile farmer’s food bank once a month in Lodi, including distribution of free fruits and vegetables, nutrition education and cooking demonstrations: $3,000.
- Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living — Provide handicap accessibility to residences, including entry and exit ramps and lifts, bath lifts, lift chairs, wheelchair carriers and wheelchairs. Also, repair equipment: $5,000.
Organizations capital projects (Total available: $207,500)
- Salvation Army Hope Harbor — Do interior renovations to existing warehouse space at Hope Harbor to provide three family units.
- Emergency Food Bank — Complete phase IV of the organization’s ongoing expansion and modernization: $22,326.
- Housing Authority — Provide money to retrofit units on South Washington Street with energy-efficient windows.
- LOEL Foundation — Pay for land acquisition on Oak Street for future development of senior affordable housing: $225,000.
- Sunhouse: Purchase property to use for a permanent location for case management and counseling services for low-income individuals, the homeless and those with domestic violence or mental health issues.
City capital projects (Total available: $280,000)
- Reconstruct sidewalk curbs to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act: $100,000.
- Various construction projects at the Grape Bowl to make it ADA-compliant: $180,000.
City service programs (Total available: $80,000)
- Remove graffiti on public and private property: $50,000.
- Provide vouchers for a free spay and neuter program for low-income households at the Lodi Animal Shelter: $30,000.