The Bakersfield Homeless Center finally has the game plan in place it has been seeking for seven years. The emergency shelter on East Truxtun Avenue, situated in the path of the state's bullet train project, has reached an agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority to acquire the property, paving the way for a new, expanded facility elsewhere in the city. The agreement, finalized in October and announced Tuesday morning, will allow for the homeless center to stay where it is for up to five years while the moving process takes place.

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As usual, the gov't decides that dumping money will solve the problem. It won't, it will make it worse. We will have a greater influx of "homeless" taking away from the public funds. Rather than solving the real problems we want to feed and house more people. That may seem to be the right thing to do but it is NOT. We will spend more and more on a situation that will only get far worse. When will we wake up to the fact that housing does nothing. Crime will go up, problems will continue and we will see more panhandlers on every street. Stop allowing conduct that supports this lifestyle-find those truly in need and lets help them. But stop throwing money around when it is not yours to spend. Put these people in your house if you feel that housing will solve anything. Then we will see how you feel about housing as anyway to solve the problems.

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