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Homeless shelter grants to run out by end of month, land use approvals still needed

The deal to turn the Super 8 motel in Danbury into a homeless shelter run by the Pacific House is still going through the local approvals process. 

City officials helped to facilitate the deal with the non-profit and the State.  The organization is currently running operations there under the Governor's executive order that calls for more space compared to traditional congregate settings.  The homeless population has been housed at the motel since the start of the pandemic last March. 

Mayor Joe Cavo says things are kind of in a holding pattern until the planning and zoning special exceptions are decided by local land use boards. 

Councilman Bob Taborsak questioned what would happen when grants awarded to the City for staffing run out.  Cavo says the City is working with Pacific House to release the employees by July 30th.  He notes that the organization will then hire who they want to keep on staff and let go of those they don't.

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