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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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chefgirl358: Posted: June 17, 2014 4:54 p.m.

Yes, it is the most convenient for the homeless to wander out into their secondary home - the riverbed encampment. All the while milling about the strip mall of Kmart. Have you seen the guy and the weird troll like girl who sit in front of Lowe's begging? I see them coming and going all around that area constantly.

A few weeks ago I went to TJ's late one evening and a woman holding a tiny infant asked me for money to pay her rent in broken English. I asked the checker what her deal was and he said she has a different kid every time she's there. I called LASD (concerned that maybe DCFS should be called) and the dispatcher told me they know her well, that the lady has a few kids, a beautiful home and a husband and they both have nicer cars than all of us combined. When I walked out of the store she was following people to their cars begging for money, and I followed right behind telling them not to give her anything and that the deps were en route. All of the sudden her English improved and she got pretty bent out of shape...but she sure didn't stick around. Are these the people who need our "help"? Give me a break.

Rocketeer: Posted: June 17, 2014 6:21 p.m.

@chefgirl: I think I know the woman you're talking about- I called the cops about her and her (then) 12-year old daughter three years ago! I think there's some mental health issues there. Definitely not a safe environment for her kids regardless of what the homelife is like.

The sad thing is there really are people who could use help and some compassion but it's almost impossible to separate them from all the people who insist on being druggy losers or scammers.

Fortunately I've missed the troll at Lowes.

DMeyer: Posted: June 17, 2014 7:04 p.m.

I know what chefgirl is talking about re people who are not needy, but in fact are greedy and play the system and on the heart strings of regular folks.

A couple of years ago I was in the Ralph's market on The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch, the lady in front of me was wearing really nice clothes, shoes and purse, and her nails and hair were done nice. She paid for a couple of hundred dollars of food in food stamps or vouchers. I saw her load the groceries into a Lexus SUV, and weird as it sounds I had to follow her. She pulled into a really expensive house in Southern Oaks. Total scam artist that we are all paying for.

People like her ruin it for those who are truly needed.

bobforte: Posted: June 17, 2014 7:04 p.m.

They have been up by Walmart and Sams Club also. The girl is forced to sit out on the sidewalk looking all disheveled in the hot sun.

Sad, but you have to call these people out like chefgirl and they will move on. Most do have nice homes and cars. Why they beg is beyond me.

And yes, I realize there are some actual homeless people, but it is people like this who cause the problems.

chefgirl358: Posted: June 18, 2014 9:17 p.m.

My favorite was a few years ago on New Years Eve at like 6 pm at Ralph's. The lines were insane and there was some weird chic with a teenage boy in front of me but the really odd thing was her cart of groceries was totally full, but already bagged. I didn't really give it any thought because I couldn't look at her anymore as her relationship with the boy was unholy. They were all kissy and touchy and NOT in a parent/child kinda way. So she gets up to the register and she's RETURNING a whole cart of stuff including DVD players, and merchandise...turns out it was about $200 bucks worth. I was livid and I totally went off on her because a line of people (me too) had been waiting forever and she didn't even have the courtesy to warn us she would have some weird long transaction. She was some kind of gypsy and I ended up getting the whole line hollering at her, total mob mentality. Turns out she purchased all of that earlier with her EBT card and misc other and returned it all for cash, the checker told me she couldn't do anything about it. Un. Be. Lievable!

Bobs: Posted: June 18, 2014 9:30 a.m.

I just wanted to add I believe the same lady is standing in front of my church every Sunday. The priest said the same things. They offered food if they were to come in but that isn't what they want. They suggested that everyone tell them that if they come in they will be helped. They never do come in.

I donate time and goods to the food bank and homeless shelter. There are people that truly need the help, and sadly there are some who are just abusing the system to get something for "free"

CaptGene: Posted: June 18, 2014 10:23 a.m.

The homeless shelter is a great cause, we donate cash and sacks of groceries there whenever we can.

Next time you see someone in front of a store asking for money, tell them if they want your money they can find it at work at the homeless shelter.

Unreal: Posted: June 18, 2014 11:07 a.m.

From the looks of the men in line for the shelter they look like they would like a job. They do not look like bums, druggies or drunks.

I sure hope that they are able to find work.

SReilly12: Posted: June 19, 2014 12:45 p.m.

I'll help whomever I can, if I can. I don't care if they are driving a nice car, have clean cloths on, lady might be carrying a nice purse.....I don't care because I learned a long time ago that you really can't judge a book by it's cover. I don't know if the person I help that appears to have some nice things didn't purchase these things when life was good. People might say, well then let them sell that car........sometimes you just can't because you would take such a huge loss. At tops the highest unemployment you can be paid is $450 a week........or $1800 a month. Not always easy to stretch that money out when you have kids to feed, housing to pay for, utilities. The people that abuse the generosity of people just plain make me sick.....but I trust my gut and so far I think I have help those that just need a little something to get though some difficult times. Life can change in the blink of eye.....

Unreal: Posted: June 20, 2014 2:50 p.m.

I also know people who have really nice homes but were struggling with house payments (while trying to sell before foreclosure) and even food when they lost their job. They even had to use the food bank. I don't think they went of food stamps though. But you can never tell what someone's situation is.

randygriffin: Posted: June 22, 2014 2:41 p.m.

So DeMeyer is now a Private Investigator where he is following people now get a life DeMeyer and stop following people what you are doing is called stalking oh I forgot DeMeyers doesn't know the difference.

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