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Redding city leaders search for homeless solutions

The City of Redding will look at implementing micro-shelters and supportive services for the homeless.

Posted: May 19, 2021 10:19 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Many homeless are still living in the streets of Redding.

"It's been like really rough,” said Jay, who did not want to identify his last name.

Jay, 23-years-old, has been experiencing homelessness for almost four years.

"Kind of just been hopping around you know,” said Jay. “Just trying to find a place to call my own."

The City of Redding submitted an application through United States Senator Dianne Feinstein to get approval for a grant that would give the city over $600,000 to provide micro-shelters and support services for those experiencing homelessness.

"One of the challenges is housing,” said Vice Mayor Kristen Schreder. “Certainly affordable housing and long-term housing and one of the ways to bridge that gap is to find transitional housing where they are adjusting to the need to finding solutions to their medical conditions or mental health conditions or substance use and they need support."

The city said they are looking at several different church parking lots to implement these micro-shelters in an effort to have support services adjacent to these shelters.

"I would take it up personally,” said Jay. “It is a tough life here. You have to worry if you are ever going to get killed or worry where your next meal is going to come from."

Schreder said this grant would allow for 15 transitional micro-shelters along with one year of supportive services.

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