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5 Cities Homeless Coalition looks for new site to build homeless center

5 Cities Homeless Coalition looks for new site to build homeless center

GROVER BEACH, Calif. - The 5 Cities Homeless Coalition has spent months planning to build a new homeless center at Hillside Church.

But due to some legal issues over who owns that building, the group is looking to find a new site in Southern San Luis Obispo County.

The Board of Supervisors is loosening restrictions on where the Five Cities Homeless Coalition and the People's Self-Help Housing can spend money to build a site.

The Hillside Church site in Grover Beach has also been controversial.

Protestors have packed City Council meetings in the area to make their objections heard.

The groups are actively seeking another spot.

Self-Help Housing President John Fowler sent us a statement that says,

“Given the likelihood of lengthy litigation, and with the community clearly wanting to see the money spent and homeless services brought to the 5 cities as soon as possible, we are actively working to find possible alternative sites in the area. 

Grover Beach officials said they look forward to receiving the proposal's application once it's ready.

“I would say that addressing homelessness is a City Council goal. We've been working on this for some time, and we will continue to work with nonprofit agencies and the community to address this difficult and important issue for the south county,” said Matthew Bronson, manager of the city of Grover Beach. 

The groups will still get the $2.6 million in funds allocated to the project.

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