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.
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This is the second 45-day extension for the shelter.