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Council may extend shelter’s lease

City’s 2007 agreement calls for the shelter to move to Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho after closing

Posted: February 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council will consider extending a lease for the Santa Clarita Valley’s winter homeless shelter tonight to keep the shelter where it is, rather than moving it to Castaic.

Under a 2007 agreement between the city and the county hammered out by a local community task force, the shelter moves every three years.

It spent three years on city-owned property on Golden Valley Road, then moved in 2010 to the current location in the 23000 block of Drayton Street in Saugus.

Under the 2007 agreement, the shelter is scheduled to move to the county-owned Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic after it closes March 31.

Shelter volunteers approached the city about keeping the six-modular-building compex at the current Drayton Street location for another three years, noting it costs the shelter some $180,000 to move to a new location.

Some critics of the relocation have noted Pitchess is a relatively remote location that could provide hardship for shelter clients.

The same task force that worked out the 2007 agreement called on the City Council to extend the current lease.

City staff and nonprofit volunteers agreed to certain conditions for the proposed lease extension. Most businesses in the area, which are primarily auto repair shops, approved of the extension, according to the agenda documents.

City staff recommended approval of the lease extension.


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