Bridge to Home permanent homeless shelter facility approved

SIGNAL FILE PHOTO: Camelot Moving & Storage employee Alex Cibrian carries the cot of a Bridge to Home resident into the Santa Clarita Community Center in Newhall on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Dan Watson/The Signal
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The city of Santa Clarita Planning Commission approved the application for Bridge to Home’s construction on the 23000 block of Drayton Street, meaning that the shelter will now have a permanent facility to assist local homeless individuals.  

The application, which was approved in a 5-0 vote by the commission during its Tuesday night meeting, is to operate an approximately 18,600-square-foot, 35-foot-tall, two-story permanent homeless shelter.  

The site will accommodate up to 92 individuals, including 60 dormitory-style beds, and four attached single-family apartment units, and contain ancillary services for its occupants, according to officials. 

Currently, due to COVID-19 protocols, the homeless shelter is working out of the Newhall Community Center in order to have the social distancing space needed for those receiving services.  

“I will say that this is a long time coming, and I congratulate the Bridge to Home folks for the perseverance and the service that they have provided,” said Commissioner Tim Burkhart. 

Commission Chairman Dan Masnada congratulated the Bridge to Home staff, and said that the commission was proud and privileged to have assisted in bringing Bridge to Home’s permanent site from a vision to a reality.  

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