Daytona Beach, FL- Fifty-seven of the 59 homeless people being housed by the city moved out of their motel rooms today. Daytona Beach Communications Manager Susan Cerbone said that 70 people moved into the motels from the Salvation Army’s Bridge Bed program on August 1. This morning, Cerbone said 11 of them had already left the motels voluntarily.
The city has contracted with the Allen Chapel AME Church to operate a housing facility at 310 Kingston Avenue, which will be able to house 17 people. Allen Chapel is a certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). The two-story structure previously served as a community housing location for the indigent so it’s a grandfathered use. Pastor Nathan Mugala has agreed to coordinate additional social services for ongoing rehabilitation and treatment.
Five people are going to the Ormond Beach Alliance Church. Pastor Doug Hautz has successfully housed many homeless people over the past six years. Counseling and access to services to identify and place people in permanent housing will be available. Case managers identified those that could qualify for the various placement programs.
The Salvation Army is providing services to four homeless people who are veterans.
A Pottinger-compliant “safe zone” area has been set up on city-owned property for the remaining people. Cerbone said the southwest corner of Bellevue Extension and Clyde Morris Boulevard will be a place where homeless people can eat, sleep and congregate undisturbed during the evening hours.
The city has provided a water source and has placed porta-potties on the premises. The city may identify additional “safe zone” sites to rotate the location from time to time.
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