Red Bluff, California nonprofit set to build a Navigation Program and homeless shelter for Tehama County residents in need of support
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 3, 2020) – LP Building Solutions (LP), a leader in high-performance building products, today announced the donation of a 7.96 acre parcel of land located at 400 Reeds Avenue in Red Bluff, California to The Poor and the Homeless (P.A.T.H.) Tehama County Coalition, a local nonprofit on a mission to prevent and alleviate homelessness in the area.
“Those of us at P.A.T.H. are ecstatic over the fantastic generosity of LP Building Solutions in their donation of property to PATH, allowing us to finally build a permanent homeless shelter for our community,” said P.A.T.H. President E.C. Ross. “For over 20 years, we’ve relied on the generosity of local churches to house our transient shelter as it moved from one location to the next every few months. We would not have been successful without their support and will be forever grateful to those churches. Now, with our own property, we can build a dedicated shelter to support those in need for years and years to come.”
In 2017, a Housing and Homeless Stakeholders Collaborative was established in Tehama County to address the growing problem of homelessness in the community. The taskforce prepared and presented a 10-year plan to end homelessness that was adopted by the Tehama County Board of Supervisors, and the cities of Red Bluff, Corning and Tehama. Development of a Navigation Center was identified as one of the first steps to give individuals an opportunity to begin the journey to self-sufficiency.
Recognizing the limited number of undeveloped parcels with the proper zoning, LP was pleased to step forward to donate the much-needed land, which will be used for a multi-phase project to include the Navigation Center, temporary housing, and common areas for job skills development and recreation.
The facilities will serve the disadvantaged citizens of the community, including veterans, seniors, families and youth now living unsheltered in the county. Much more than a homeless shelter, the site will provide services to help participants to re-enter productive society, including on-site medical care, substance abuse treatment, mental health assessments, application assistance for social service benefits, job training and job application assistance, pet care and pet obedience training, veterinary services, permanent housing case management, literacy skills, and more.
“As a leading building solutions company, we work every day to build better products that build better homes that help to build lasting communities,” said LP Red Bluff Plant Manager Shannon Bear. “Providing shelter is at the very heart of our company and a mission we’ve worked to fulfill for the last half century. We are committed to building a better world and this land donation is such a shining example of that. We are humbled and grateful to be even a small part of P.A.T.H.’s tremendous work in the community.”
LP Red Bluff began production in 1990 as the company’s first engineered wood products plant. Today, the mill employs over 60 local residents who manufacture up to 80 million feet of LP® SolidStart® Engineered I-Joists a year.