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Shelter opens in Santa Barbara to offer homeless safe space to practice social distancing

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 17:20:48-04

A shelter is now open in the City of Santa Barbara for elderly and vulnerable homeless individuals who are unable to practice social distancing or self-isolate.

The shelter will prioritize people who have no other place to go, are 65 or older and have an underlying condition.

"The opening of this shelter site means that some of our most vulnerable community members will have a safe space to practice physical distancing and be protected from COVID-19 exposure," said George Chapjian, Santa Barbara County director of community services. "Our task force is committed to protecting the health and well-being of all people experiencing homelessness. Working collaboratively, we have taken an important step in slowing the spread of this virus in our community."

For more information on assistance programs in Santa Barbara County, call (805) 560-1090.