A.V. shelter crisis frees funds to continue offering housing and bridge services for homeless

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion declaring a shelter crisis in the Antelope Valley.

“Declaring a shelter crisis allows us to access Measure H dollars to continue operation of the High Desert Multi-Ambulatory Care Center and the vital services it provides its 93 residents until October 31st, 2018 when the county’s winter shelter period begins again,” said Supervisor Barger.  “The MACC has operated at full capacity for months and we want to make sure that the residents do not lose access to vital services that will help them permanently exit the cycle of homelessness.”

Additionally, by April of next year, a year-round facility in Lancaster is slated to begin offering housing and supportive services for the homeless in the Antelope Valley.

“The leadership and heart posture demonstrated by Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger in advocating for a better way of life for those affected by homelessness in the Antelope Valley is truly invaluable. The City of Lancaster could not ask for a better partner in effectively addressing the homelessness condition in our community,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “By extending the existing services provided by the High Desert MACC, which has been open throughout the winter as an emergency shelter facilitated by the Salvation Army for those needing refuge; we are able to continue to foster hope in those who benefit most from these services. Being able to keep the doors open for those who have found a safe place to live while transforming their lives for a better tomorrow is exactly what Measure H was put in place to do. The City of Lancaster cannot say thank you enough for the altruistic efforts made to ensure hopefulness is kept alive throughout our community.”

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