Gilroyan stumps for homeless shelter

Helping hand for the homeless

Jim Currier, owner of Flowstar Corporation at 6800 Silacci Way,
confirmed Wednesday he is going through preliminary stages of
establishing a homeless shelter in Gilroy.
Jim Currier, owner of Flowstar Corporation at 6800 Silacci Way, confirmed Wednesday he is going through preliminary stages of establishing a homeless shelter in Gilroy.

Currier, a donor involved with the National Guard Armory at 8490 Wren Ave. for the past five years whose efforts to get a permanent shelter in Gilroy are aided by grant writer Lloyd Patterson, said he’s been working a little more than a month to gauge if erecting a full time homeless shelter in Gilroy is feasible.

Currier will be present at the 6 p.m. Monday Gilroy City Council meeting, and hopes to bring the subject before council members during public comment. He will also be making a presentation at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 14. to the South County Homeless Outreach Group at the Gilroy Police Station.

According to Currier, the establishment’s possible location could be the industrial, spacious building at 8425 Monterey St., which is vacant.

Currier said he’s discussed the matter with more than 40 individuals, including Mayor Al Pinheiro, several city councilmembers, representatives from South County Housing, St. Joseph’s Family Center and Emergency Housing Consortium in San Martin, the organization that runs the shelter at the armory in Gilroy.

“They’ve all been receptive to my plan at this point,” Currier said. “They think it’s needed, and it’s a good cause … so far, none of them have come up with any negatives except funding.”

Currier is meeting today with District 1 Director Don Gage with the Santa Clara Valley Water District and said he plans on reaching out to local leaders at the state congressional level.

“I’m getting excited,” he said, but adds there are a number of hurdles, such as sustainable funding and the need for roughly $300,000 to make the vision a reality.

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