Vote delayed on temporary homeless shelter in Salinas

SALINAS, Calif. - A proposed temporary homeless shelter in Salinas is still in limbo.

On Tuesday, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors said they would wait a week to vote on the plan to see if the City of Salinas agrees to pay half of the cost.

If the move is approved, the shelter will be located on North Main Street. It would be able to house up to 100 people.

However, Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo, said their work is not done yet.

“We are also working on a permanent site at 1220 Natividad Road. That construction work will take longer. It is more expensive, but we’re moving on parallel paths to bring a temporary plan while we also work on a permanent one,” said Supervisor Luis Alejo.

In September, the Salinas City Council voted unanimously to send a letter to the Monterey County leaders saying while they support a permanent shelter, they will not support the temporary one.

City leaders said fixing the building on North Main Street will cost a lot of money and it would only be used for a year or two.

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