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Auburn Allows Temporary Homeless Shelter

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has agreed to allow part of the government center in North Auburn to become a temporary homeless shelter, but may use Nevada County as a model for a permanent solution. The board is allowing a group called ‘Right Hand Auburn’ to run part of the DeWitt Center under a 90-day trial basis. County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery says they hired a doctor named Robert Marbut to collect data to find out exactly who the homeless people are, and the data dispelled some myths…

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The facility will be open from late afternoon to early morning, with the idea to provide guests with showers, laundry facilities, and a couple of meals. Montgomery says the Auburn area may be interested in doing something like Utah’s Place–the Hospitality House shelter in Grass Valley…

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Montgomery says the trial period may be only three months, but she hopes there will be frequent updates during that period…

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The vote was 3-2 in favor of using the DeWitt Center, but Montgomery says all five supervisors agree that a more permanent solution is needed.

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