Cambridge City
MA

City Manager's Agenda Item
CMA 2020 #115
ORDER ADOPTED
Jun 1, 2020 5:30 PM

Transmitting Communication from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of $2,175,000, from Free Cash, to the General Fund Public Works Other Ordinary Maintenance Account ($944,000); to the General Fund Human Services Department Other Ordinary Maintenance Account ($770,000); to the General Fund Police Department Other Ordinary Maintenance Account ($245,000); and to the General Fund Finance Department Other Ordinary Maintenance Account ($216,000); to cover costs associated with the War Memorial Temporary Emergency Shelter at 1640 Cambridge Street.

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Department:City Manager's Office, LADSponsors:
Category:Appropriation

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I am hereby requesting an appropriation in the amount of $2,175,000, from Free Cash, to the General Fund Public Works Other Ordinary Maintenance Account ($944,000); to the General Fund Human Services Department Other Ordinary Maintenance Account ($770,000); to the General Fund Police Department Other Ordinary Maintenance Account ($245,000); and to the General Fund Finance Department Other Ordinary Maintenance Account ($216,000); to cover costs associated with the War Memorial Temporary Emergency Shelter at 1640 Cambridge Street.

Funds will be used to cover the costs of the set up and operation costs of the facility, as well as for furnishing and supplies; cleaning services; facility maintenance; meal service; and breakdown and closeout costs.  Construction costs were paid through a $500,000 donation from Harvard and MIT, which was previously appropriated by the City Council. 

The War Memorial Recreation facility has been transformed into an emergency shelter for Cambridge residents who are experiencing homelessness or are unable to shelter in their homes during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  The work to transform the recreation facility began in late March 2020.

The quarantine area was activated on April 14, 2020 and to-date there have been a total of fifteen clients who utilized the quarantine area in the lower level garage.  There have been seven individuals who were transferred to the state’s designated regional isolation & recovery centers in either Lexington or Everett. The quarantine area is slated to be decommissioned as of Friday, May 29th at 7pm.

The second-floor gymnasium which was originally designed to serve as an isolation unit was not activated/staffed due to the state’s regional support made available.  As a result, the War Memorial site was not required to house any COVID-19 positive individuals during this time period.  The Field house has been activated since April 18, 2020 and houses approximately 60 individuals per a nightly count, with over 80 individuals registered for admission. 

Meeting History

Jun 1, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting

four votes all have the same vote result.

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [7 TO 2]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey
NAYS:Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Quinton Zondervan