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Homeless shelter could rotate sites

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The winter homeless shelter could have a more permanent footing in the Santa Clarita Valley, with the choice of four sites it could occupy on a rotating basis. Ensuring that the shelter had a location for the winter has been an annual problem in Santa Clarita, with community opposition to establishing a permanent location. For the past year, a committee has been evaluating sites to put the shelter. “We didn’t want to have any one community bear the sole burden of having the homeless shelter,” said Councilman Frank Ferry, who is on the committee. The sites the committee has chosen are: a city-owned property at Magic Mountain Parkway and San Fernando Road in Saugus; a city-owned lot near Towsley Canyon Park near Stevenson Ranch; by Golden Valley Road near a temporary fire station in Canyon Country; and in the parking lot of the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. The shelter would be at each location for two years. “The idea is this buys us eight years to find either a permanent solution or somewhere where it can go to after eight years,” said Bob Haueter, who until recently was a deputy with Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Haueter, who now works for U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, said Antonovich will hear a presentation next week on the committee’s recommendation of the four sites. The Santa Clarita City Council will also consider the recommendation at a meeting later this month. This year, the shelter is at a county public works yard at 21190 Centre Pointe Parkway within the city of Santa Clarita. But the site will not be available next year. “We can run a shelter at any one of those four sites or all four of them, that works for us,” said Tim Davis, executive director of the Santa Clarita Community Development Corp., which runs the shelter. Officials said the shelter will continue to be open during the winter only, and not all year. The shelter is used by a variety of people, including women who are victims of domestic abuse and high school students, Ferry said, adding that the goal is to help homeless individuals from the community. “I visit the shelter many times and it’s not your Hollywood, typical Skid Row homeless,” he said. [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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