Oct 31, 2013 5:59 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

City of Santa Maria plans to close shelter for victims of Town Center Inn fire

The City of Santa Maria plans to close the shelter set up for the people displaced by the Town Center Inn fire.

The City says the shelter at the Minami Center will close Friday evening.

City officials say a lot of the people who were using the shelter will be able to return back to their homes Friday because the north tower of the inn is reopening. The south tower of the inn is still too dangerous to live in.

The City is partnering with the Good Samaritan Shelter to provide another short-term temporary shelter at the City-owned Newlove Community Center for those who aren't able to move back into the inn. It will act as a warming center, and it will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Santa Barbara County will continue to provide behavioral health and social services to the people who were living in the inn.

The City extended the use of the Minami Center three times in order to give displaced residents more time to find long-term housing.



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