Bob Redell

Residents Voice Opposition to Homeless Center Opening in Walnut Creek

A group of residents in Walnut Creek is fighting to prevent a nonprofit that serves the homeless from moving into their neighborhood.

The city's planning commission has already given the Trinity Center permission to move into a strip mall located at California Boulevard and Botelho Drive, but apartment residents who live next door are appealing the commission's decision. The city council will now take up the issue Tuesday evening.

Trinity Center, which provides food and services for the homeless, senior citizens or people on the brink of ending up on the street, wants to move into the new location for roughly 18 months while its current location is demolished and rebuilt. Some residents worry that the move will result in homeless people loitering in their neighborhood.

The executive director with the Trinity Center said the nonprofit only serves 19 homeless people — an amount that was at 77 people a few years ago. The official also said her lease with the strip mall would require the organization to abide by certain rules and regulations that would protect the neighborhood.

The discussion about the appeal is open to the public and is slated to take place at 6 p.m. at Walnut Creek City Council.

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