Grover Beach also planning homeless shelter project

In addition to a North County project, a South County effort to construct transitional housing financed largely by one-time grant money is likewise underway. [KSBY]

North and South County agencies are vying for Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funds that have been given to SLO County by the state in order to address homelessness. The respective agencies are seeking to construct shelters in Paso Robles and Grover Beach.

The Grover Beach project contains plans for permanent affordable housing, in addition to a warming center for homeless individuals to sleep in during the cold months of the year. The 5 Cities Homeless Coalition and People’s Self-Help Housing are partnering on the Grover Beach project, which is located on the Hillside Church property, a 3.1-acre lot at 1935 Newport Avenue.

If constructed, the homeless shelter would have 11 youth dorm-style rooms with up to 44 beds, an administration office and a case management office. The shelter would be managed by the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition and would have an on-site manger.

Meanwhile, plans for the second phase of the project call for People’s Self-Help Housing to construct 20 permanent homes for residents whose earnings are at or below 30 percent of the median income. The permanent housing would also include an on-site manager’s unit.

The city of Grover Beach has offered its support for the project, and city officials have indicated they would support a zoning change for the area from single-family residential to mixed use.

However, a group of local residents is opposing the project. A group called Neighbors for Safety says the shelter would be too close to schools and create safety concerns because it is located in a residential neighborhood.

Neighbors for Safety says the idea of the project is right, but the location is wrong.

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2 Comments about “Grover Beach also planning homeless shelter project”

  1. Freeman says:

    Well Bud, What would you suggest we do about our homeless problem? Seems this project is aimed at getting people off the street. I understand the nimby feelings but then where? Or not at all? We have to do something to alleviate the problem of homelessness in our city. The cost of the homeless thru the use of police fire and emergency services can be offset and probably greatly reduced by providing places for these people to live and get counseling and treatment. Seattle has been dealing with a homeless crisis that is much worse than ours and we may be able to learn from some of their strategies. One thing for sure is that the problem of having people living on our streets is not going to just go away.

  2. Bud says:

    You feed and house them and they will come. They bring drug abuse and mental issues to your town and are happy to live on your good intentions. I don’t want to be harsh but this is the reality of what happens when they move in in great numbers. Does Grover Beach want 500 people on the streets all day. begging, pan handling and keeping shoppers away from the business district.

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