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City of Bakersfield still searching for location to accommodate a low-barrier homeless shelter

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 18:40:20-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The City of Bakersfield said it is still searching for a location that could host a future low-barrier homeless shelter in the city.

According to the city, staff was told last month to return to Council on October 23 with a purchase or lease agreement for property that could house "such a facility." The city said it has found multiple locations for the new shelter but real estate negotiations have slowed down the process, therefore a lease agreement will be ready on November 6 instead of the proposed date.

Last month, the Kern County Board of Supervisors announced an approved location for a low-barrier homeless shelter. That location was at 2731 O Street in Central Bakersfield.

In a statement Bakersfield City Manager, Alan Tandy said:

“I am confident that we can deliver an executed purchase agreement in the very near future on one of the sites under consideration.”