Placer County considering opening a homeless shelter in North Auburn, perhaps by the DeWitt Center. The Placer County Board of Supervisors had a special meeting Thursday morning to discuss the matter. Board Vice Chair, Robert Weygandt says that the issue of dealing with the homeless population is not necessarily new, but where the homeless congregate is.
As a result a nonprofit group known as Right Hand Auburn Inc. approached the Supervisors about converting a county-owned facility in the vicinity of the DeWitt Center.
Weygandt says the County is already taking measures to address the need in other areas of the county and then is in the process of evaluating services.
The Supervisor says that most people and agencies concur that here are about 120 regular homeless people in the area and about half would need temporary shelter on a nightly basis.
The County was planning on waiting for the consulting work to be completed in early February, however as a result of Thursday morning’s meeting, a temporary solution may be presented at the next regular Board meeting.
The next Board meeting is 9:00 AM February 3rd at the County Chambers at the DeWitt Center.