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County to begin moving clients into finished emergency homeless shelter next week


UPDATE: The County Administrative Office said during this morning’s Board of Supervisors meeting that nine people are currently being housed at the new shelter.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The County of Kern is planning to begin moving in people into its new emergency homeless shelter next week. 

County Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop said today that the shelter, located at M Street near Golden State Avenue, has finished construction and will soon be ready to take in its first clients. These will be people who are being treated for COVID-19 in the Temporary Isolation Units at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

Alsop said he expects the first clients will be moved in toward the end of next week. 

“It will be a measured, slow buildup,” he said. “We will move them into center, provide services to them and we’re going to try to get them on a pathway to sustainability.”

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