The generous holiday spirit was on full display last Thursday during the 29th annual Holte Holiday Dinner in Hollister when more than 300 people...
County supervisors learned Tuesday they may have to tear down the building on a preferred site for a new homeless shelter if they want to build it there and engaged in discussions on the item despite no mention of the topic on the meeting’s agenda.
Alex Peña said he’d been living along the banks of the dried-out San Benito River bed for about two years. That was Monday as El Niño finally hit the Hollister area to start an expected onslaught of rain over the next two months.
Supervisors have changed course on the direction for a permanent homeless shelter three months after pinpointing an area near the airport for the 24-hour center.
This winter will be the last in which the Homeless Coalition of San Benito County runs the seasonal homeless shelter, the nonprofit group’s chairwoman announced Tuesday.
No matter where supervisors end up locating a permanent homeless shelter in San Benito County, it is clear that government officials initially pushed through the consideration with little interest in getting input from residents near the previously chosen Southside Road location.
Nearly eight months after the county board chose a Southside Road location for a permanent homeless shelter in San Benito County, supervisors Tuesday reversed course and opted for a different site along Flynn Road.
After previously deciding on a Southside Road location, the county board is revisiting the chosen site for a future, permanent homeless shelter.
Mayor Ignacio Velazquez’s cheery, butter-yellow house sitting on the lawn by the Brigg’s Building looked too small to have much in it. But inside, a shower, a bedroom, a toilet and a bench filled a space smaller than most living rooms.
Alex Pena lives along the San Benito River bed with his “so-called other half,” as he put it. He and other homeless residents have pitched tents in a spot along the riverbed entering Hollister off San Juan Road that has become increasingly visible to traffic on the west-side gateway.