BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Bakersfield City Council narrowly voted to buy land on East Brundage Lane to build a new low-barrier homeless shelter.
Wednesday’s council vote passed four to three, with Vice Mayor Chris Parlier, Councilmembers Willie Rivera and Jacquie Sullivan voting “no.”
The location is currently the property of Calcot Industries at 1900 E. Brundage Lane in Southeast Bakersfield. The 7.25-acre site will cost $7.2 million.
The shelter, with space for 450 beds, would allow people to bring their partners, pets, and possessions with them.
There has been much debate about where a low-barrier shelter should be built. Some believe it would be too large or would invite crime into the neighborhood.
The city council also unanimously voted on two more plans: a neighborhood improvement project in the area around the new shelter, and a partnership with the county to tackle homelessness.
A decision on a location for the city’s shelter had been delayed since late 2018 to ask for community feedback. The city hosted three community forums asking for input on a shelter location.