Columbia’s homeless shelter will stay open until into the summer – until July 6 – at a cost of $331,000, City Council decided Tuesday.
Council voted 7-0. No second vote is required.
The cost includes spending $206,000 to install an air-conditioning system for the shelter, which is near the city’s water plant, at the Columbia Canal in the Vista.
Keeping the 24-hour shelter open longer will allow City Council more time to devise a long-term strategy for addressing the need of the homeless, particularly those who spend most of their time downtown, and balance those needs with the needs of downtown businesses.
This is the second 45-day extension for the shelter.