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City Developing Pilot Program for At-Risk Anchor-Outs

Post Date:04/19/2019 4:25 PM

The City Council has approved the concept of a pilot program to transition some of the people living precariously on boats in Sausalito waters into live-aboard slips or homes on land. The program concept was presented to the Council by Chief of Police John Rorhbacher at its meeting on April 16. 

The pilot program is being developed in conjunction with the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services and Ritter Center of San Rafael. Under the program, eight anchor-outs would be eligible to move their boats into live-aboard slips at commercial marinas in Sausalito for a transitional period of 6 or more months.

After the transitional period, the program's goal is to move participants into permanent housing on land or by transferring their boats to more permanent live-aboard slips. Participation in the program would be voluntary.

According to a census taken this month, 16 individuals are currently living anchored-out in Sausalito waters. The police department has been enforcing a 72-hour rule against any new occupied vessels in Sausalito waters since January 2019.

To pay the slip fees to the marina operators for the pilot program, the City expects to use approximately $25,000 from its Tidelands Fund, which generates revenues from City waterfront properties like the Sausalito Yacht Club and the Spinnaker restaurant. If the pilot program is successful, other funding sources may be identified.

City staff will seek approval for the pilot program from the County of Marin and regional agencies like the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and return to the City Council to finalize and approve the program. The target start date is June 2019.

Any questions about the proposed pilot program may be directed to Chief of Police John Rohrbacher at jrohrbacher@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4170.
 
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