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Grant will help build Redlands homeless shelter

San Bernardino County has arranged a $23.6 million grant that will help pay for Liberty Lane, a homeless shelter for veterans.

The 80-unit facility will be developed at Texas Street and West Lugonia Avenue in Redlands for an estimated $50.1 million, according to a statement on the county’s website.

The funding, which originated with the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will be administered by the state Department of Community Development and Housing.

“Ensuring that veterans have adequate housing is the least we can do for those who served our country,” said Board Chair Dawn Rowe in the statement, “Liberty Lane will bring much-needed housing and support to the county’s homeless veterans, as well as individuals with special needs and low-income families.”

When completed, the project will have 60 one-bedroom units, 19 two-bedroom units, and one three-bedroom unit.  A Community of Friends, a Los Angeles non-profit that builds and manages housing for homeless people, is the developer. It has secured $13.7 million for Liberty Lane, to go with the $6.1 million pledge by the board of supervisors.

Construction is scheduled to start in April and take about 18 months to complete, according to the statement.

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  1. I just think we could save a lot of money if instead of new construction we use/refurbish abandoned big box stores or strip malls and other buildings, but I am happy to see something is being done to help the homeless. Too bad it takes so long. I’m wondering how many homeless people will die in the interim.

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