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The Betty Kwan Chinn Foundation operates a homeless day center, a homeless family shelter, and the Blue Angel Village on Washington Street — an emergency shelter with case management for up to 40 chronically homeless individuals at a time. Chinn’s programs have proven successful, and the city of Eureka wants to see them continue and expand. That expansion will be discussed at the city council meeting tonight.
First: City staff has proposed that council could appropriate $75,000 in Housing Successor Funds for Chinn to continue operating the Blue Angel Village for another year.
Secondly, the city will discuss the establishment of a property to put the trailers that PG&E has recently said they’ll donate to Chinn for the use of low-income transitional housing. Eureka City Manager Gregg Sparks says after much deliberation they’ve narrowed down a potential site for the project to a city owned property known as the Crowley property. It’s off of Hilfiker Lane between Humboldt Bay Fire’s training facility and the city’s wastewater treatment plant, parallel to the Elk River Hikshari’ Trail.
In this LoCO Video Report we visit the Blue Angel Village, finding out more about it’s operations and how it’s helped 318 homeless individuals since May 2016. Plus we check out the potential site for “Betty’s PG&E Village,” a project that Sparks says could be there for five to 10 years.
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