- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 9, 2017

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - Dozens of people have been relocated from a homeless shelter that’s closing in the Southern California desert.

The Lancaster Community Shelter was the Antelope Valley’s only drop-in homeless shelter.

Los Angeles County officials say about 65 people, ranging from 18 to 87, were moved to temporary or permanent beds before the shelter closed Monday.

The shelter was operated by a nonprofit group but it’s struggled financially for years.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/2v59scm ) that families living at the 108-bed facility were given vouchers and relocated to motels, while youths went to other facilities and churches opened their doors to men and women. Some residents are staying with friends or relatives.

The Times says Antelope Valley’s homeless count soared 50 percent this year to around 4,500.

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