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Federal funds pay for Manteca shelter
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This 2019 photo shows An Inner City Action staffer talking to a homeless boy after providing him with a backpack and other school supplies.

Manteca’s elected leaders are being asked tonight to spend $266,320 in federal pass-through funds to keep the city’s emergency homeless shelter up and running through June 30.

It will continue to be operated by Inner City Action.

The non-profit has been housing the homeless in a tent at 555 Industrial Park Drive since October 2021.

The city is working toward a permanent homeless shelter with transitional housing on the back half of 8 acres on South Main Street they are working on acquiring.
At the same time the city is facilitating the sale to Manteca Unified of the former Qualex building and property where the temporary shelter is set up in the parking lot.

The school district plans to use 55,000-square-foot former Manteca Redevelopment Agency structure as a central warehouse. It will allow them to cancel $300,000 in annual leases for space for food services inventory in the business park immediately west of the district office complex.

The district and city are reportedly working on an arrangement where the parking lot can be used by the city for the homeless shelter until such time as the South Main site is ready.

Since October when Inner City Action started operating the homeless shelter 8 individuals have started a job, 7  individuals obtained housing, 17 individuals entered a rehab program, 3 individuals transitioned back with family, and 2 individuals started college.

Inner City Action has also served 20,047 meals served, provided 149 haircuts, and provided 7,115 showers.  

Services Inner City Action provides both the unsheltered community and those on the verge of being unsheltered services that include furniture and sleeping cots, case management, restroom facilities, shower and hygiene services including free haircuts, meals and food distribution, clothing, transportation to rehab intake and service tracking, mail services, life coaching, pet kennels and food, as well as services referrals.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight at the Civic Center council chamber, 1001 W. Center St.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email