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.
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.