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Caltrans parcels ‘no go’ for homeless effort
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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directive to Caltrans to make unused or surplus property available to local jurisdictions for use for homeless shelters or services came up with two parcels in Manteca.

And as far as Acting City Manager Miranda Lutzow is concerned its thanks, but no thanks.

 The parcels in question are on the southeast corner of the Lathrop Road and Highway 99 interchange near some homes and the Southland Mobile Home Park.

Lutzow, who had concerns about placing a homeless shelter next to homes, said that is just one reason the state’s offer wouldn’t work.  Homeless don’t hang around that area as they typically gravitate near commercial areas.

The parcels in question are also just outside the city limited.

The issue of what to do next when it comes to homeless endeavors will be before the City Council when they meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The council will discuss whether there is a need for the homeless warming center to continue to operate at 555 Industrial Park Drive through March 31.

They also will talk about continued interim homeless efforts after March 31 and possibly direct staff to pursue some course of action.

The council will also receive an update on their directive to pursue the purchase of the Qualex property  at 555 Industrial Park Drive for a permanent homeless navigation/resource center, drop in shelter, or both.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email