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Shelter to stay on Drayton Street

Posted: February 13, 2013 10:57 a.m.
Updated: February 13, 2013 10:57 a.m.

The Bridge to Home winter homeless shelter will stay at its location on Drayton Street in Saugus through 2016 after members of the Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously to extend the shelter’s lease and days of operation Tuesday night.

But the vote came with several provisions geared toward finding a permanent home for the shelter within the next three years.

Under the terms of the lease agreement, the Bridge to Home nonprofit organization, which runs the shelter, must identify a preferred site for a permanent shelter by Dec. 31, 2014 and have made arrangements to purchase and develop the site by July 1, 2015.

Tim Davis, the executive director of Bridge to Home, said he fully supports the timeline.

“We think milestones such as these will help focus our board toward the goal of finding a permanent location, which is a good thing,” Davis said.

Davis called Tuesday’s vote a “great moment” for the shelter, saying continuity in the shelter’s location will allow Bridge to Home to focus on expanding its services, rather than scrambling to relocate the shelter.

Under the original 2007 lease agreement that was hammered out between officials from the city, Los Angeles County and Bridge to Home, the shelter would be housed for three years at three different locations — one on Golden Valley Road, the current location on Drayton Street and a location near Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic.

The shelter was set to move to Castaic after this winter session until Tuesday night’s vote.

Moving the shelter to Castaic could cost up to $180,000, according to city and county estimates.

In addition to extending the shelter’s lease, the City Council vote allows Bridge to Home to expand the shelter’s days of operation.

Bridge to Home typically opens the shelter in early December, but now has the ability to open the Monday before Thanksgiving.

Also included in the council vote was a motion from Councilman TimBen Boydston to increase the shelter’s insurance liability that is maintained in case of injury or death on the property from $1 million to $2 million.

“It’s always better to have more insurance,” said City Attorney Joe Montes.

City Council members voted 4-0 to approve the revised lease agreement. Councilman Frank Ferry was absent from the meeting.
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