The cost of homelessness will be on the minds of councilmembers and city administrators tonight as the Aberdeen City Council considers the closure of access to city property along the Southside of the Chehalis River. They’ll also consider a request for $45-thousand in additional funding to operate the homeless mitigation site next to city hall for two more months. They’ll hear from a report recommending another $60-thousand for a full-time Alternative Shelter Location coordinator. They’ll also hear from staff on a report detailing a 1-year Temporary Alternative Shelter Location (TASL) that would cost nearly $200-thousand to set up and almost $28-thousand per month to operate.

With nearly $40-thousand on the books already, the site next to city hall could end up costing over $85-thousand by the end of its 3-month use-permit. Another 60-thousand is being proposed for a coordinator. Aberdeen Mayor Erik Larson would be seeking outside funding for over half a million dollars – $200-thousand to purchase, then $28-thousand per month to operate a new site for one year.

The Aberdeen City Council holds its regular meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening of each month. The “Committee of the Whole” meets at 7:15 p.m., followed by the regular session. Agendas and supportive documentation are available at City Hall on the Mondays prior to meeting.

Larson last week sent a letter to city council requesting the closure of city-owned property along the Chehalis River where several people have started camping on the Southside of Aberdeen. Larson notes the safety concerns surrounding access to the site for emergency responders, likening it to the property on the Northside of the river at the end of River Street. The city earlier this year closed that property over safety concerns, sparking litigation that remains in court.

Larson’s letter, along with the entire council packet can be found at the link below.