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Kern County Housing Authority scraps plan to house homeless women in Shafter

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Posted at 10:41 AM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 13:41:13-04

SHAFTER, Calif. — There are new developments concerning a plan to temporarily house homeless women at one of three Kern County farm labor camps.

The Kern County Housing Authority confirmed to 23ABC that they will be using the migrant farmworker camp facility south of Lamont to house those women during the winter. They will not be using the site north of Shafter.

This plan was announced by the housing authority when they were deciding between the two locations.

Shafter City Council Member Chad Givens told 23ABC that all five members opposed the Housing Authorities decision during a closed session meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

The Lamont Migrant Center will be used as temporary housing for 50 homeless women in the winter months when the apartments are vacant during the off-season.

The housing authority's plan is part of an effort to combat the homeless crisis.