Nathan Mayberg has an article in today's Register-Star that provides more information about the two proposals the county received in response to its RFP: "Homeless plans leave questions." In the article, it is revealed how this newest proposal from the Galvan Initiatives Foundation, in partnership with the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties and calling itself Civic Hudson Emergency and Transitional Housing (CHETH), coordinates with their proposal to house the homeless on two floors above a new police and city court building to be constructed at the corner of Fourth and Columbia streets. The facility at State and Seventh would provide Tier 1 and Tier 2 housing, while the facility at Fourth and Columbia would provide Tier 3 housing.
Of course, there are those who believe that the three-tier approach to addressing homelessness being proposed by both CHETH and Maranatha is outdated and institutionalizes homelessness instead of ending it.
Listening to the discussion at meetings of the Human Services Committee, one gets the impression that the county is interested in nothing more than housing homeless people for less money than it is now costing to put them up in motels. If that's the only criterion, here's how the proposals compare. CHETH is offering to house 30 homeless single people in the proposed facility at State and Seventh streets for $611,015 a year; that's $20,367 per person per year. Maranatha is offering to house 28 homeless single people in a facility yet to be found for $680,400 a year; that's $24,300 person per year.