Aberdeen looking for long term solution for homeless shelter

Aberdeen, WA – The City of Aberdeen is looking for a long term solution for a homeless shelter.

Last night at the Aberdeen City Council Meeting, several reports were adopted to push forward the City’s plan to buy property for a long-term shelter. 

The City of Aberdeen states that due to the lack of low-cost/affordable housing in Grays Harbor County in general and Aberdeen specifically, City Council and City staff recognize that longer term alternatives to public camping would be a public benefit. 

The City’s staff have developed a budget on what the costs would be acquired the property as well as operate it.

The costs to purchase and build the shelter would be $189,188 as well as a monthly operating cost of $26,580.

Mayor Larson had this to say on finding additional funding for this plan.

The opinions of the council members during this discussion were mixed about this plan. 

This adoption to the budget passed with 9 in favor and 3 not in favor.

An additional report was brought forward for the new shelter that would allow the City of Aberdeen to issue a request for an Alternative Shelter Location Coordinator.

The full reports can be found in the link below.