Salinas >> In the quest to find a year-round homeless shelter, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors is set to consider two prospective options in Salinas, including a crumbling county-owned building expected to cost about $3.3 million to renovate.
On Tuesday, the supervisors are scheduled to consider choosing between a preferred option, the county building at 1220 Natividad Road near Natividad Medical Center and county Health Department headquarters, and a secondary option, a warehouse and storefront at 312 North Main St., or a combination of the two.
According to a Department of Social Services staff report, the county building at the corner of Laurel Drive and Natividad Road is preferred because of its proximity to health care services on the Natividad campus, and the site has the “strongest support from homeless (services) providers and City of Salinas officials as a location for shelter purposes.”
The building, which previously served as the county Agricultural Commissioner’s office and then the county graphics department, would require an estimated $3.3 million remodel to be able to accommodate up to 35-40 people — though there is room on the lot to expand. The report indicates county social services will recommend leasing the facility at “minimal cost” to a nonprofit partner who would manage the needed improvements through private, philanthropic efforts.
However, the Natividad Road site would not be ready by Nov. 1, the official beginning of the inclement weather season and the conclusion of an interim shelter program offered by the Franciscan Workers at Dorothy’s Place and the Victory Mission.
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