Our original intent with the Betty Chinn/HumCPR project was to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve a plan for DHHS to contribute up to a maximum of $130,000 for the purchase of five conex containers, their transport to the designated site and whatever basic modifications to them needed to be made. Our understanding was that other organizations and individuals would be contributing additional money, time, labor and materials to the overall effort. Because of the City of Eureka's May 2nd deadline, the plan needed to come together quickly, and I think some of the specifics are still being worked out.
That said, having given the proposal more thought over the past week, we believe DHHS can better support the project and the community with a significant financial contribution to the Betty Kwan Chinn Foundation toward the remodeling and expansion of its Family Shelter. We’ve met with foundation representatives who expressed their support and assured us they would still be able to move forward with the Betty Chinn/HumCPR project as planned. We intend to take the new funding proposal to the Board of Supervisors on May 3rd and hope to talk to you more about it then.