By Christopher Oak Reinier

Some 500 residents of the Guerneville area assembled Wednesday evening, March 29,

pic of Lynda Hopkins

Lynda Hopkins speaks to the crowd

at the Guerneville Elementary School. They had come to voice and hear concerns about a proposed homeless shelter and health service facility on a property situated opposite the intersection of Watson and Armstrong Woods Roads. The Center would be administered principally by the West County Health Services  The location is particularly controversial because it is a short distance from the Guerneville School.

For more than two hours about 50 individuals spoke their feelings about the proposal. The very active crowd roared their support or hooted their disapproval of the many conflicting views.  County Supervisor, Lynda Hopkins, who chaired the meeting, and all those who are involved in making the decision about the Center, will not have an easy decision to make.

It is not clear what role West County Community Services would play in the project.  Tim Miller, WCCS Executive Director, spoke at the meeting and said that the agency would be proud to partner with West County Health Services to help provide the services that would support the homeless in their effort to find housing, employment, and a better quality of life.

pic of Tim Miller

Tim Miller