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Homeless shelter in Santa Clarita to reopen after renovation

February 10, 2012 |  7:38 am

Clara’s Dream, a shelter operated by the Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center, was scheduled to reopen Friday following a major renovation.

The shelter underwent  a much-needed face lift thanks to donations of money, time and materials from HomeAid of Los Angeles and Ventura, a national nonprofit that provides temporary housing for homeless families; from the home builder Pardee Homes; and from local construction trade companies.

“We now have a shelter that provides a warm and loving environment for families who need emergency shelter,” Pamela Braly, chair of the domestic violence center’s board of directors said in prepared remarks.

Since opening more than 20 years ago, the domestic violence center had been unable to make desired improvements to the shelter, which receives more than 600 visits a year by women and families in need.

The refurbishment, valued at more than $50,000, includes a room expansion, a new roof, fresh carpeting and kitchen appliances, and updated closets and electrical fixtures, among other features. Energy-saving materials and equipment were used in the renovation.


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