BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — In a statement released Tuesday, the City of Bakersfield announced that they were purchasing 7.5 acres of property and an office complex for a new "comprehensive homeless shelter."
The cost of the purchase was $3.83 million.
"The new facility will provide much-needed bed space to assist people experiencing homelessness who typically do not, or cannot access traditional shelters within Bakersfield," said the statement.
The shelter will provide numerous resources for the homeless including case managers, transportation services, medical and mental health services, as well as animal care facilities.
In addition to the 7.5 acres, ten acres of vacant property that is part of the deal can be used for future affordable housing.
The purchase agreement will be submitted to the city council at the next available meeting.
“This new shelter will provide additional bed capacity and resources to homeless individuals who otherwise would not be able to access these types of services,” said City Manager Alan Tandy in the statement. “The City looks forward to joining several partners under one unified roof with one objective: To reduce the number of homeless individuals on the streets of Bakersfield.”
You can read the full text of the agreement below: