A flood-control maintenance yard in Santa Clarita owned by Los Angeles County could soon serve as a winter shelter under a proposal by Supervisor Mike Antonovich to resolve a dispute over who should house the city's homeless.
Representatives from the county, homeless agencies and the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Clarita are scheduled to meet this morning to discuss the suitability of the site. The maintenance yard is on Centerpointe Parkway in a commercial and semi-industrial office park.
If all sides agree, a 40-bed homeless shelter could begin operating by Christmas, although a January date is more likely, officials said. Because the site is on county land, it is not subject to local zoning ordinances or the approval of the city of Santa Clarita, said Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell.
"We have an immediate problem that needs an immediate solution, and this property fits the bill," said Bell. "We want to get these folks in a shelter as soon as possible and we are also very excited that, God willing, we can accommodate them for the holidays."