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City Holds Third Community Outreach Meeting on Proposed Homeless Shelter

Staff heard comments, answered questions from the public

Staff from the City of Bakersfield met with dozens of community members at a third outreach meeting Tuesday evening (Jan. 7) held at the Mechanics Bank Convention Center to discuss the proposed emergency homeless shelter project.

Representatives from the City Manager's Office -- including City Manager Alan Tandy and Assistant City Manager Chris Huot -- Development Services, Recreation & Parks and the Bakersfield Police Department were available to answer questions and hear concerns from the public about the sites being considered for the shelter.

The City Council is considering two locations for a future low-barrier, emergency homeless shelter: 1900 East Brundage Lane and 601 Brown Street.

Chris Huot gave a presentation during which he explained the City's research and rationale behind the project and how the two sites being considered were identified.

The presentation (PDF) can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

After the presentation concluded, the meeting was opened to comments and questions from those in attendance.

For more information about the Emergency Shelter project, including the proposed plans for the locations and more, click here:

If you would like to send a comment about the project, please send it to

The City Council is expected to vote on the project's future at the January 22 meeting. Comments received before that date will be provided to the Council for their consideration.

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