SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A north Sacramento homeless shelter will remain open for another six to twelve months, according to Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

Steinberg’s office announced Monday that they and other city leaders have negotiated a lease extension to keep the City’s Triage Shelter on Railroad Drive open until mid-July, with the possibility of a further extension to a full year.

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I feel that we have proven a concept at Railroad Avenue. Now it’s time to bring it to scale and capacity so we can translate hundreds to thousands,” Steinberg said. 

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Last week officials voted to keep the shelter open until Dec. 31. The vote also increased the not-to-exceed amount to $295,000 and allows officials to provide portable restrooms and shower trailer rentals while services last.

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The Mayor also announced that he asked the eight city council members to find sites in their districts that could shelter 100 homeless using the low-barrier approach adopted by the Triage Shelter.

“Now we have to build up capacity,” Steinberg said. “It’s not enough to pilot, it’s not enough to stand over modest successes.”

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Steinberg said the “8×100” approach will be the fasted way to increase Sacramento’s shelter capacity and meet the needs of the unsheltered population.

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Since it opened in December 2017, the Triage Shelter has housed 619 people, 156 of whom are currently living there.