February 2, 2011
In response to public pressure from Peabody Charter School parents, the Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday retreated from its approval of a 9-unit apartment project for the chronic homeless near the 750-student elementary school.
In a deal brokered by councilman Dale Francisco, the council agreed to spend $1.15 million in redevelopment agency funds for the building, but stripped away the most controversial part of the proposal.
At least for now.
The plan was for Willbridge, a nonprofit agency that provides housing and services for the homeless and mentally ill, to manage the program at the site, 2904 State Street.
Instead, the council ordered the Housing Authority, Willbridge and Peabody Charter School parents to meet up to three times within the next 90 days to come to an agreement on who will live at the 9-unit apartment building.
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