Humboldt County residents to petition for a Shelter Crisis Declaration

EUREKA, CA. – A petition calling for a Shelter Crisis Declaration has gained a thousand signatures, and will be brought to the attention of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday.

Members of AHHA, or Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives, are inviting residents to meet outside the Humboldt County Courthouse at 8:30AM, before standing in on the supervisor’s meeting that starts in Board Chambers at 9AM.

Due to increased issues with homelessness in the county, these residents want a Shelter Crisis to be declared to allow for transitional housing options to be more easily developed.

Members believe a greater focus on the combating homelessness issues would also benefit our impacted jails and hospitals, as well as allow law enforcement to focus on other issues.

Petitioners hope to see this issue on the board’s agenda by the end of the year.

Also during their meeting tomorrow, supervisors are scheduled to vote on the approval of Eureka’s plan to put $100,000 towards a new transitional housing project, to be deemed Betty Chinn’s Community Housing.

The facility would consist of seven trailers donated from PG&E to offer a new low-income housing option, set to be located adjacent to Humboldt Bay Fire’s training facility.