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Board likes SCV homeless shelter right where it is

Agreement with Santa Clarita calls for permanent location to be found

Posted: June 17, 2014 4:20 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2014 4:20 p.m.

A security guard calls for the next client to be searched as men wait to be admitted to the Santa Clarita Valley Homeless Shelter on a winter night in 2011. Signal file photo


Santa Clarita Valley homeless shelter officials have considered a number of possible permanent locations for the shelter and are considering a bid to keep it right where it is, a board member said Tuesday.

“Drayton (Street in Saugus) is the best location that I feel, the board feels, would be beneficial to the community and to the organization,” said Gary Choppe, a board member for Bridge to Home, the nonprofit organization that operates the shelter.

Under terms of an agreement approved in February 2013 by the Santa Clarita City Council, the shelter could remain on Drayton Street through 2016 as long as Bridge to Home identified a preferred permanent site by the end of this year and made arrangements to purchase and develop the site.

Choppe said several sites were looked at as possibilities for a permanent shelter, but the best option seems to be the current location.

“The other locations that they looked at, we would have to do significant build-out, and it’s just a process to garner funds to do that,” Choppe said, noting Bridge to Home is preparing a capital campaign to raise money for construction.

The shelter has operated for years as a winter-only facility, though officials have stated they would like to see the shelter operate year-round.
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