What’s still being called a temporary homeless facility in North Auburn has gotten an extension. With a 90-day trial period ending by September 1st, Placer County Supervisors have approved keeping the shelter open at least through the end of March. It will also be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, expanding from the current schedule of 7pm to 5am. Public Works Director Ken Grimm says that’ll help the homeless connect more with social services..
The capacity of the shelter, a former military barracks on E Street, is also more than doubling, from 47 to 98 beds. But still to be decided, says Grimm, is the county making a permanent financial committment, for such things as building improvements and operations…
As for the ultimate future of the homeless shelter, Grimm says it will likely continue to be used while other options are studied. A recent study recommends two shelters, including another in Western Placer County. The study also says the county can’t address the issue alone, with more participation needed from community members and groups.
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