Women’s center looking at possible shelter sites
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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A permanent shelter for abused women and their children in Tracy is still on the immediate radar of Women’s Center Youth and Family Services CEO Joelle Gomez.

"I know that perfect house is out there," she said Thursday, Aug. 22. "We’re looking really, really hard. If we get a house we can double our capacity. It’s been really hard to find a place with a larger capacity and the right location."

On Friday, Aug. 16, Gomez said she made an offer on a Tracy house near the downtown area, but on Thursday, the sellers’ realtor told her it was off the market.

Although disappointed, she said she was not giving up the search.

"We’re looking at three other houses today," Gomez said Thursday. "Everyday is a new day, and I’m hoping we’ll get lucky today."

The objective is to find a location to replace the former women’s shelter, Tree House Shelter that closed its doors on Feb. 27 because of disrepair.

Gomez said they are looking for a site that can house 20 women and children, which is significantly larger than the former shelter’s capacity of eight.

Funding the shelter purchase are a $100,000 donation from Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and two grants from the city of Tracy’s HOME fund, totaling $518,000.

Hoping to be in escrow for the new shelter by Sept. 30, Gomez said they want to be up and running by Oct. 1.

On May 1, center officials expanded their Tracy connection by opening a referral office inside the Tracy Police Department annex building at 400 E. 10th St.

The office enables the center staff to help people victimized by domestic violence and sexual assault and provide them with referrals to county and state services.

Gomez said a second satellite office could be set up in the shelter once it opens.

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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