Los Angeles County gives extra funding to shelters

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $25 million boost in assistance to county homeless shelters on Tuesday. Roughly $3.5 million will come into each of the five supervisors’ districts. According to Supervisor Gloria Molina, one possible recipient of a slice of that money would be the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless. Bob McKennon of the Hacienda Heights-based coalition said it’s nice the money is out there, but he expects any effort to open a year-round shelter in the San Gabriel Valley would be met with strong resistance by local residents. “Even if the money was there, the question is where can we do it?” McKennon said. “The dilemma we have is nobody wants that in their community.” Still, one idea floated by the coalition in past years was to build a year-round emergency shelter in Industry, where it would be surrounded by industrial neighbors. The amount of money the coalition could get would be based upon the type of proposal the all-volunteer group submits, said Roxanne Marquez, an aide to Molina. Marquez said shelters requesting funds for improvements or expansion would be bumped to the head of the line. But the coalition’s winter shelter program has no fixed address. Starting Dec. 1, the shelter will open two weeks at a time in seven Valley churches. The shelter is the only one in the East Valley, and it served 950 people last winter. “The question will be families, because last year we had an increase over the prior year,” McKennon said. About 90,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night, according to one study. Roughly 2,700 are in the East San Gabriel Valley, according to experts. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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