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23ABC Interview: Casa Esperanza looking for a new location for a transitional home

Casa Esperanza Housing Project
Posted at 9:50 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 12:50:18-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Casa Esperanza was recently denied a conditional use permit by the Bakersfield City Council for the proposed site of a transitional home for homeless women and children. So now they are looking for a new location to call home.

The project was originally approved back in November 2020 by the City Planning Commission board. The non-profit sought a conditional permit to allow six families and 24/7 staff resident on-site at 1421 Panorama Drive.

During the City Council meeting on Jan. 20, the board voted 6-0 to halt the project after neighbors filed an appeal. Councilman Andrae Gonzales abstained because of a conflict of interest.

Casa Esperanza board member Lisa Elzy Watson spoke with 23ABC Morning News about the situation.

Casa Esperanza looking for a new location for transitional home