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Sutter County Rethinks Homeless Shelters Plan

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

A homeless woman walks toward the Feather River from her tent. Nearly 100 homeless now live along a mile stretch of Feather River Bike Trail, to the consternation of the people who live and recreate nearby.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Sutter County has made significant changes to its Homeless Management Plan, and has now made more changes. It must have approval from the Board of Supervisors to go forward.

The plan was originally changed by the County after it and the City of Yuba City received many complaints about the homeless this summer. Flooding forced dozens of people from the river bottoms and into areas adjacent to populated areas earlier this year. 

Sutter County proposed in September to build new emergency and permanent shelters for the homeless. 

But, after several community meetings,  the County offered a new proposal: convert the sheriff's training facility to house between 60-and-90 people for a period of 60 days. 

The County has not identified how much it would cost for the retrofit, but believes it will be cheaper than its previous plan. 

The County says $1.2 million in federal funds may be available to convert the building and to staff it for the next three years. 

The sheriff's shooting range would also be moved and rebuilt at an estimated cost of $400,000. 

Those changes were scheduled to be up for a vote before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.  

But, the board delayed the vote until early November as four hours of presentations yielded several proposal amendments and the introduction of another plan.

 

 

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