State Says ‘No-Go’ to Grant Funding– for Now
Local writer and columnist John Chiv had a good article today of why Humboldt County was denied grant funding
from the State for building a much needed criminal justice
and rehabilitation facility adjacent to the Courthouse.
In his post, Mr. Chiv reports:
Sheriff Mike Downey held a press conference in the Sheriff’s Correctional Facility briefing today at 10 a.m. to explain why Humboldt County was denied grant funding for SB 1022 money which would have been used to construct an Adult Local Criminal Justice Facilities Construction Program.
This proposed facility would have been built on the dirt parking lot right next to the Humboldt County jail.
This project would have created a two-story structure that would have housed Mental Health Services, the Probation Day Center (which is now on 5th Street and space is being rented) as well as Sheriff’s work programs. It would have integrated services and inmates released could go next door from the jail instead of walking to these other facilities.
Sheriff Downey also said that it would have addressed some concerns about nighttime and other releases that were brought up at the forum held recently at the Wharfinger…
The grant funding was denied after a last minute appeal, Chiv noted.
Optimistic that another opportunity will present itself soon—possibly this summer—Sheriff Downey emphasized Humboldt County is still in a good position for future funding.
Altogether though, it was a major setback.
The Board of Supervisors already had set aside matching funds for construction in conjunction with the much hoped for SB 1022 grant funds. But the whole $17.5 million enchilada went down anyway for reasons that aren’t fully clear– other than issues
of the ‘funding criteria not being met’ by someone neglecting to include a simple spread-
sheet in the packet.
An excerpt, you can read more of the details in John Chiv’s Words Worth column here.
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