PORT ANGELES — After hearing from people who use Serenity House of Clallam County’s night-by-night shelter, the Clallam County commissioners agreed they should fund the nonprofit’s shelters through the end of the year.
Commissioners agreed during their “commissioner’s conversation” session Monday morning that the county should pull $40,000 from the reserves of the county’s Homeless Fund to keep the overnight and family shelters open.
“I don’t see letting the shelter close part way through the winter as an option, nor is it the right thing to do,” said Commissioner Mark Ozias.
They discussed listing the appropriation as a debatable emergency later this month, a process that is required to spend money that isn’t included in the annual budget.
“I’m very happy for Clallam County and for our clients,” said Doc Robinson, executive director of Serenity House. “It’s very nice to be able to continue to grow shelter services that our community needs.”
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