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Paso Robles to open temporary camping site for homeless

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 00:06:30-04

The City of Paso Robles will soon open a new temporary site to house the homeless.

It's located on North River Road, north of the 24th Street Bridge.

Campers will be issued individual tents come Wednesday.

Paso Robles Fire Battalion Chief Randy Harris says the location will house 20 people at first, then expand based on need.

He says there will be a couple of showers and several bathrooms at the site.

It'll be staffed at night by a security company and the police and fire departments will check on the site during the day.

The location will serve as a safe parking site, as well.

Paso Cares and ECHO are also teaming up to provide food and other services for campers.

ECHO says this wouldn't be their first choice for a temporary site due to location and other concerns.

"We have concerns as far as the disruption of homeless camps during the COVID virus," said Jeff Al-Mashat, ECHO Homeless Services Director. "The CDC strongly advises not disrupting camps; however, we understand the city's need to deal with the vegetation and the fire risk."

The opening of the homeless camp comes after those living in the Salinas Riverbed were given orders to move so crews can remove dry vegetation that could be a fire hazard.