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Kern County Board of Supervisors propose low barrier homeless shelter

Posted at 5:46 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 20:46:20-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Board of Supervisors will declare that a homeless shelter crisis exists within the county. A special meeting on Tuesday, October 29th will address the issue.

The resolution declaring a homeless shelter crisis will allow the county to eliminate "bid requirements and establishing an emergency project to expedite the repairs to and replacement of existing County facilities and the construction of a low barrier navigation center."

The low barrier shelter is planning to be located on 2731 O Street in Bakersfield. The shelter will also have different guidelines than normal homeless shelters. For example, homeless residents can bring pets, and enter the shelter under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, the proposal does state, "procedures will be put in place to provide an appropriate corrective actions..."