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BoS approves purchase of Ukiah motel for homeless housing

October 21, 2020 — The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to purchase a Best Western Motel on South Orchard Avenue in Ukiah yesterday, after Senator Mike McGuire assured the board that the state has expanded program funding to support Project Homekey, a statewide program to purchase motels for homeless housing.

And Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren said he’s cautiously optimistic about the county’s prospects of slipping into a less restrictive tier, which would allow schools to open and gyms and houses of worship to commence indoor operations.

The recent fires have been declared eligible for FEMA assistance, and the county will host Local Assistance Centers in Covelo and Willits next week. FEMA reps will be at the Willits Library from 8am to 5pm October 26-29. From 2-6 pm on Monday the 26th, county reps from planning and building, HHSA, disaster recovery, the cannabis program and environmental health will also be at the Willits Library. On Wednesday the 28th, the county staff will be at the Round Valley Elementary School from 2-6 to help fire survivors figure out what they need.

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