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Kern County breaks ground on new low barrier homeless shelter

Posted: 9:57 AM, Nov 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-16 12:57:48-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County broke ground on a new low-barrier homeless shelter in central Bakersfield Friday according to officials.

The lot includes two buildings, one for housing with about 150 beds for men and women and the other including various services and administration.

The shelter will 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.

Kern county supervisors unanimously approved an operational plan for the construction of a low barrier homeless shelter back in October.

The new shelter will be located off of Golden State Highway and O street