Is this a sign of things to come? Sue Gray, Community Development Business Manager for the City of Santa Barbara, sent out this update:
“Due to continuing financial difficulties, on Thursday, August 15th the Casa Esperanza Board of Directors voted to close down the Day Center and suspend the Community Kitchen lunch program as of September 3, 2013. The Day Center decision is final; however they are open to discussing the future of the lunch program with the community.
In keeping with their Conditional Use Permit, Casa will serve no more than 230 clients during the winter shelter months (December 1st – March 31st) and no more than 100 clients during the rest of the year. Clients who live at the shelter will have access to the entire facility 24 hours per day and they will be permitted to come and go as necessary. Casa Esperanza will provide residents three meals per day. They will also provide supportive services to help clients achieve their maximum level of self-sufficiency and to move from homelessness to housing, very similar to the Day Center services previously provided to residents and non-residents. They will allow their residents 24-hour access to the facility in an environment where sobriety is supported.”