Laguna Beach will spend $479,837 in grant money to make improvements to the city’s homeless shelter with work expected to start in November.
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The Alternative Sleeping Location, a city-run emergency shelter, at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road, has been operating year-round since 2009 to provide meals, showers, laundry, and help guests find housing and health care. The facility has worked with over 10,000 people since its opening to help prevent homelessness and serves an average of 160 people every night, according
Nearly a year after Moms 4 Housing became a national sensation by squatting in an empty West Oakland home, the group on Friday announced another victory: That house will soon become the first of many that members hope to turn into housing for homeless mothers.
After months of negotiations with corporate owner Wedgewood, Oakland Community Land Trust bought the Magnolia Street house for $587,500. Now, Moms 4 Housing intends to turn it into a transitional home where mothers can stay while looking for jobs, getting their credit in order and finding permanent housing.
For more than 30 years, the Catherine H. Barber Memorial Shelter has quietly served North Wilkesboro and broader Wilkes County in North Carolina. It’s a small, temporary shelter with 10 beds that helps those who have fallen on hard times get back on their feet; the maximum stay is generally two weeks. Most nights there are a few empty beds, but on occasion the shelter—the only one in 70,000 resident Wilkes County—must turn away the needy. After losing its lease on the home it has occupied for three decades, the shelter was offered a new building, free of charge. But it may never be able to move in.
A local dentist moved his practice and offered the shelter his now empty office building. And
When Hurricane Sally hammered Pensacola with heavy rain and winds last month, the storm caused massive flooding at the Waterfront Rescue Mission that forced the shelter to close for repairs — dealing yet another blow to the area’s homeless population.
With bed capacities at shelters already reduced due by COVID-19 restrictions, the temporary closure of the organization has displaced many of those who relied on Pensacola’s largest shelter prior to the storm.
But now, about a dozen homeless men in Waterfront’s work training program are laboring eight hours a day to help repair the place they call home. Waterfront expects to reopen its facility in four to six weeks, thanks to the men’s help.
“We’re working really hard trying to get it back up,” said Robert Reese, a Navy