Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action (IMACA) is a nonprofit that works in partnership with government agencies, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofits in the tri-county (Inyo, Mono, and Alpine) region to develop and fund programs that help reduce homelessness in our communities. As an extension of the valuable work IMACA already provides the community, they wish to establish a low-barrier navigation center at their present location at 137 East South Street in Bishop. The purpose of the navigation center is to provide emergency, short-term housing for individuals experiencing homelessness while case managers connect them to income, public benefits, health services, shelter and more permanent housing. Currently, there is no emergency housing available in the tri-county area. The navigation center would address this need with up to 10 sleeping spaces on the ground floor of the building. A reception area and staff monitoring desk will also be on the ground floor, while the existing office spaces upstairs will be unchanged.
Trained street outreach specialists will be on site 24/7. Cameras have already been installed and can be monitored by staff inside the building or remotely by managers who work off-site or by law enforcement. Weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking, aggressive behavior, loud music, cooking, and visitors are prohibited. Violators of this code of conduct may be asked to leave.
There will be an informational meeting at the IMACA offices (137 East South Street) next Wednesday, August 11 at 6 p.m. It’s imperative that we have several folks show up (in person only at this time) to support this worthy project. Social distancing will be in effect and there will be plenty of fresh air! If you’re unable to attend in person, please consider sending a letter of support to meeting moderator and Bishop City Planner Elaine Kabala at firstname.lastname@example.org.