The Government of Guam has found at least one building so far to house the Island’s unsheltered and homeless populations.
Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio announced Monday that Civil Defense was given the resources to issue a Request for Proposal and, that the first contract has been signed under that RFP, with a 40-room vacant dormitory in Maite.
Tenorio confirmed that there are around 30 homeless people already at the facility.
Charles Esteves, the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS-OCD) Administrator, confirmed the building is a, “Maite property of Dewan Worldwide, Inc.”
The contract with Dewan Worldwide, Inc. is for $52,500.00 for a 30-day period, according to Esteves.
Catholic Social Services is also contracted by GovGuam to provide shelter management and “wrap around services to the folks we’re providing shelter to,” according to Tenorio.
“Catholic Social Services provides case management and shelter management,” said Esteves. Their $37,048 contract for 30 days does not include food for the homeless at the facility.
Tenorio said the shelter’s primary purpose is to protect homeless people from the community spread of COVID-19 in non-congregate housing. However, longer term they are hoping to transition people into more stable situations, said Tenorio.
The contract for the motel was issued last week through the General Services Agency (GSA) and, Tenorio said, the first unsheltered family was moved in Friday night.
“There is an effort through the government to identify unsheltered individuals, as many of them have been residing in public parks for priority for shelter,” said Tenorio.
Vetting and screening of individuals is done through Catholic Social Services; they then assign the rooms accordingly.
Tenorio said the Government’s Interagency Council will be, “working diligently on the next steps to further the shelter program.”
When the current contracts with the dormitory and Catholic Social Services come closer to their 30 day expiration, the GHS-OCD will do an assessment and evaluation of the program.
Esteves said, if they decided to continue, the contracts will be amended to increase the amount and extend the terms.