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Torres Shelter gets $300,000 to expand its facility

The Torres Shelter will get $300,000 to expand its facility to accommodate 50 more beds and a gender-neutral shower and restroom space.

Posted: Jun 15, 2021 5:08 PM
Updated: Jun 15, 2021 5:12 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The City of Chico is giving one local shelter $300,000 for an expansion.

The Torres Shelter will be able to add 50 more beds to the shelter as they plan to remodel the current facility on Silver Dollar Way.

It will utilize its already existing space to add 50 beds for an overall capacity of 210.

City Manager Mark Orme said the city is thankful to be able to help our most vulnerable population.

“The city is always looking at how we can provide the best long-term land leases,” said Orme. “The true north expansion of those 50 beds is going to help to allow for more shelter space for those who are in need.”.

RELATED: Torres Shelter unveils new expansion plan

Part of the shelter’s reconfiguration will include single beds versus bunk beds for those with accessibility needs. It will also provide a gender-neutral dormitory and a gender-neutral shower and restroom space.

The shelter hopes to have this project completed by August.

The Torres Shelter also wants to add 2,000 square feet for a navigation center with housing services as well as confidential case management services. They just don't have the funding for that yet.

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