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Reactions mixed over extension of North Sac homeless shelter

"Our Triage Shelter in North Sacramento will remain open through November as we continue working to identify the best longer-term sites for multiple shelters. My commitment to this effort is absolute."

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A controversial homeless shelter that was supposed to close earlier this year has been given another extension and will now story open through the fall.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced the city's homeless triage shelter will keep its doors open until November. The controversial shelter in north Sacramento was originally supposed to close in the spring. Steinberg later said it would continue running through August, and last week he tweeted about another extension.

Officials with Volunteers of America, which operate the facility, say they're thrilled about the extension.

"This extension is going to give us an opportunity to house even more people," Christie Holderegger, with Volunteers of America, said.

Holderegger added that there are nearly 200 people staying at the shelter, and since it opened in December 2017, more than 120 of them have found housing.

"Why is it always north Sacramento," Flor Gressel, who lives close to the shelter, asked.

Gressel says she's not upset about the facility itself. However, she'd like the one close to her Woodlake neighborhood in another part of the city.

"I don't have a concern with it being open until November, because they do need a place to go," Gressel said. "We want to do our part, but we want everyone to do their part."

Louis Warfield has lived in Woodlake for 20 years. He said he doesn't have a problem with the shelter, but like Gressel, he wants to see shelters open across Sacramento.

"We're tired of the city not caring about this particular district, Warfield said. "And we feel that it's a dumping ground for things. My feeling also is that I think there should be a homeless shelter in every district."

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