Across the nation, higher rents and a shortage of low-income housing are increasing homelessness and challenges to public works departments in keeping the public-rights-of-way safe and clean. The City of Berkeley, California, activated their emergency operations center in the winter of 2017 to facilitate the creation an emergency homeless shelter on city property. The City of Alameda, California, has implemented a comprehensive action plan to address an increased number of homeless encampments in the community. This joint presentation will discuss how this issue affects public works and steps that are being taken.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, you will be better able to:
Discuss the challenges that public works departments and their employees face in trying to balance their routine work with unanticipated requests for service.
Evaluate the impacts of the additional demands that the increase in homelessness has on public works budgets.
Develop tools that will help coordinate public works response efforts with internal and external resources.
Public Works Coordinator,
City of Alameda Public Works