Placer County Board of Supervisors OK’s 24/7 homeless shelter, starts looking for permanent site
Placer County has opted to fund a 24/7 shelter on government property for the next several months, a measure that will expand existing efforts to house the homeless.
The Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to convert the county’s current 47-bed shelter into a 24-hour facility. It provided up to $40,000 worth of facility and walkway upgrades and up to $225,216 to operate the F Avenue shelter, said Dede Cordell, Placer County’s director of communications and public affairs.
Supervisor Jim Holmes, whose district houses the shelter, opposed the measure, Cordell said.
The Tuesday vote, which will fund the expanded shelter until April 1, came after a three-hour hearing.
“There were so many members of the public who wanted to speak on both sides of the issue,” Cordell said.
An overnight shelter opened in June in Placer County, funded by faith-based organizations and private individuals, said Tammy Moss Chandler, the county’s assistant director of the Health and Human Services Department.
Robert Marbut, a homeless consultant working with Placer County, advised officials to open a 24/7 shelter.
Right Hand Auburn, the group that runs the shelter, has said it needed additional funds to run a facility that never closes.
The board approved the modifications a few weeks ago, but didn’t provide the funding until Tuesday, Cordell said. The expanded shelter will be able to house 75 people during the winter. It also will provide case management to its guests, Chandler said.
According to Cordell, officials are searching for another, permanent location for the shelter.
Brigit Barnes, president of Right Hand Auburn, said it’s unknown if the county will opt to run that new shelter or continue to partner with her organization. She said her group wants to remain involved in the new facility.
“We’re more than interested in doing that,” she said.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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