Santa Clara County Supervisors approve $8.3 million for 360 new shelter beds

SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) — Homeless shelters across Santa Clara County will now be getting new shelter beds.

This comes after county supervisors approved $8.3 million for the five-year program.

The program will provide 360 more shelter beds per year.

“Our ultimate goal, of course, is to provide permanent housing and services for our homeless population throughout the county,” board president Dave Cortese said in a statement. “But we need to shelter as many people as we can in the meantime nd especially during wet weather.”

The board unanimously approved $2.5 million to provide beds and services for 35 families at the Arturo Ochoa Migrant Center in Gilroy, and $3 million to convert a warehouse in Sunnyvale into a shelter.

Supervisors said their goal is to help get people off the streets and into shelters during the winter months.

“People need a place to go when the weather is cold and wet. It’s as simple as that,” Supervisor Joe Simitian said in a statement. “Having this shelter in place for the foreseeable future will help us get people off the streets, and into shelter during the winter months.”

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