By Ann Peterson
A public forum to discuss a proposed micro-homes project at Grace Presbyterian Church has been postponed.
The forum was to be held Wednesday, Jan. 12 at the Event Center but organizers canceled it because of concerns with spiking COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant.
The talk has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Event Center. A presentation will be made by the Rev. Mark Burnham, of Grace Presbyterian, and the Walnut Creek Homeless Task Force and Pleasant Hill-based nonprofit Hope Solutions.
Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within the previous three days is required, and masks are mandatory.
The church’s proposal calls for building and operating six micro-homes on the church’s grounds. These homes would be designed to house people who are either homeless or in jeopardy of becoming homeless. They would be screened and vetted by staff at Hope Solutions, which also would provide them with case management services.
The presentation at the Event Center is part of the outreach efforts ahead of this coalition filing a formal proposal with the city of Walnut Creek’s Community and Economic Development Department, which would then be heard and decided on by the city’s Planning Commission.