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New Permanent Homeless Shelter Planned For South Coast

Center will provide emergency housing, services, as well as some permanent apartments

Ventura County and the City of Oxnard are taking another step towards trying to alleviate the region’s homelessness problem.

The county and the city have an agreement to develop and operate a permanent homeless shelter in the city. The plan calls for construction of a five story building at Second, and B Streets in Oxnard.

The first floor would include an emergency shelter area with 110 beds. The second floor would include support services. Finally, the top three floors would have more than 50 permanent housing units. The county and city will share costs, and see state and federal grants to help.

It would be the second permanent government operated shelter in the county, as the county and the City of Ventura opened one in 2019.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.