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Auburn Homeless Shelter Opens Tonight

A temporary homeless shelter is set to open this evening at the Placer County Government Center in Auburn. It’s operated by Volunteers of America. Group spokesman Leo McFarland says it culminates eight months of planning and can accommodate as many as 47 men and women. It’s the conversion from a former military barracks which was also once used as a minimum-security facility by the Sheriff’s Department…

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The shelter will be open 7 days a week, from 5pm to 7am, at least for a 90-day trial period, under a conditional use permit approved by County Supervisors. Before that, the lawn outside the Government Center was where much of the homeless population was congregating, a lot more than the shelter actually has space for….

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McFarland says if all goes well, Supervisors will extend operation of the shelter through the end of the year. He also points out that the 100-thousand dollar fix-up cost is entirely privately funded by Right Hand Auburn. Operational costs are about 25 to 26-thousand dollars a month.

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