FULLERTON (CBSLA) — A vote to approve Fullerton’s first year-round homeless shelter drew hundreds of protesters – who were in support of the proposed facility.
The Fullerton City Council voted 4-to-1 to deny an appeal of its decision last year to give $500,000 to the Illumination Foundation to buy a vacant building that will house the homeless all year round. Tuesday night’s vote cleared the way for the shelter to go up on Commonwealth Avenue, near Fullerton Municipal Airport.READ MORE: Bobcat Kitten Spotted Roaming UCR Botanic Gardens
The planned shelter will have 150 beds, a recuperative care center for people who have been recently released from the hospital and need a place to recover. Fullerton does have an existing homeless shelter in the National Guard Armory, but it opens only during the winter months.READ MORE: LA City Sites To Vaccinate Children 12 And Up Beginning Friday
The protest was staged by the city’s interfaith community.MORE NEWS: School Board Votes To Rebuild Wedgeworth Elementary In Hacienda Heights As K-5 School
“It’s really going to help to alleviate what’s really an untenable situation we have right now with folks with nowhere to go,” Greg Walgenbach of OC Archdiocese said.