Port Angeles: Grant awarded toward new shelter for homeless

Serenity House of Clallam County has been awarded nearly $350,000 toward building an new emergency shelter for the homeless in Port Angeles.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle provided grant money that will go toward building a new 50-bed shelter on West 18th Street.

The building, scheduled to be completed by December 2002, would replace a 30-bed shelter currently operated by the organization a block away, said Dan Jacobs, executive director of Serenity House of Clallam County.

“We”ve recently had to turn people away from the shelter.” Jacobs said. “This will be able to serve more people.

Jacobs said the current facility, built in the 1960s, also had several internal problems, including bad plumbing.

“It has outlived its use,” Jacobs said.

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