Shelter provides bed, food to needy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The shelter is being staged at a county Department of Public Works maintenance yard for the second time after Castaic residents blocked a plan to place the facility at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center visitors’ parking lot, fearing a rise in crime. County sheriff’s officials said no incidents were reported over the holiday weekend. Officials are unsure where the shelter will end up next year. With the shelter’s location announced in mid-November, the SCCDC scrambled to set up the facility, mustering volunteers for move-in last week in anticipation of the Dec. 23 opening. “It’s always the church and the community that’s come through,” Preheim said. “It’s up and running and it’s very, very smooth this year.” The 13 using the shelter so far includes both men and women, some new and some returning, Preheim said. The shelter also is serving meals to six others, and provided hotel vouchers for several families – three adults and five children – over the first weekend, who have since moved on. The SCCDC emergency winter shelter opens at 6 p.m. on 21190 Centre Pointe Parkway. The facility closes March 15. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The temporary winter homeless shelter has taken in about 13 people over its opening weekend – a slight increase from last year, organizers said Tuesday. The 40-bed emergency shelter at 21190 Centre Pointe Parkway, operated by the Santa Clarita Community Development Corp., opened Friday to provide a place to sleep and a hot meal to those with neither. Shelter manager Barbara Preheim said the number exceeds that of the 10 adults who stayed at the shelter at this time last year, and expects it will increase this year. “We expect our numbers to grow a lot faster than we did last year,” she said. “It’s a matter of the word getting out and the same location two years in a row, so they know where it is.” last_img read more