Today, December 3, 2018 is move-in day at the new homeless shelter located near the Human Services Building, on Frank Wilson Drive. We will be closing the doors on the Darrah School House by this evening. The School is being left in better shape than we found it, with professional cleaning, a new hot water heater, window repair, upgraded fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and some fresh paint.
The new shelter includes two large tents with interior space for up to 32 clients and additional tent pads for individual tents. We have averaged 20 participants per night at the Darrah School facility. There are 3 Porta Potties with hand washing stations available. Electricity will be provided 24 hours per day, via a generator. Electric heaters are located in the large tents and have proven to keep the tents warm during the past cold spell. Meals and showers will continue to be available via the Heritage House.
The installation will meet the intent of the Governor's Homeless Emergency Proclamation and bring Mariposa County in line with the 9th Circuit ruling on providing emergency shelters. A Red Cross trained shelter manager has been hired to oversee the shelter operation and the facility is staffed 24/7.
If you have any questions about the shelter, please call health and Human Services Agency at (209) 966-2000. Visit the Mariposa County website for more information and to view a comprehensive list of FAQ's.