Homeless shelter renovations nearing completion
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
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More than a year after its dedication and some two years in the making, Patterson’s homeless advocacy group Helping Others Sleep Tonight is about to open a homeless shelter in town.

As they put the final touches and prepare for the final inspections to obtain a permit of occupancy, project manager Kurt Gross reflected on the more than year and some 1,200 hours he said he had into the project.

City Manager Rod Butler said the city was pleased with H.O.S.T.’s progress.

“We’re thrilled to see them getting that done,” Butler said. “That gets them up and running for the cold, which I know was their goal.”

In April 2012, Patterson City Council approved a 15-year, zero-interest loan of $230,000 for the group, including $150,000 to purchase the Fourth Street building, $50,000 for upgrades and $30,000 to cover unexpected costs. The group bought the property the following month and began renovations in earnest June 16, 2012.

The 4,800 square-foot building at the corner of Fourth and C Streets in Patterson is designed to house up to 16 people for up to two months as they work with H.O.S.T. volunteers on getting their lives turned around and finding more permanent housing.

It features at least five cameras on the outside of the building for security, as well as cameras throughout the building to ensure everyone is following house rules, including staying sober.

“Our goal is to help guide people through the process of getting documentation and finding homes,” Gross said. “When we get the doors open on the house, I know we’ll be changing lives. It is really all about showing people love.”

The property has eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, a kitchen, community room and office in the main building, as well as a separate two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment.

Gross said some folks just don’t know how to take the first steps to get off the street and that is where the H.O.S.T. House helps.

“We’re not going to be a hangout or a flop house,” Gross said. “Folks will be welcome to stay as long as they are working the program.”

And that program is finding more permanent housing and a way out of the H.O.S.T. house.

Gross said there will be chores, such as dishes, laundry and other types of cleaning. There is no “free-ride” he said.

Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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