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Homeless Navigation Center may target easier-to-house people, set time limits

July 5, 2017
Ashley Archibald

Real Change - The new low-barrier shelter set to open in Little Saigon in mid-July may not be designed to fulfill its goal: helping homeless people who do not fit in traditional shelter models get access to services and housing. The Navigation Center — a 24-hour, low-barrier facility that opens July 12 — caps the number of days a client may stay, could prioritize people who are easier to get into housing and lacks policies that could prevent conflict with residents living nearby, according to a letter signed by neighborhood safety advocate Sokha Dahn and Public Defender Association attorneys Andrew Kashyap and Patricia Sully.

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