Samaritan Family Center (copy)

Napa County has decided not to pursue buying the Samaritan Family Center on Old Sonoma Road for continued use as a homeless shelter. The property would cost too much to upgrade, officials said.

J.L. Sousa, Register file photo

Napa County is seeking a $3 million state grant to expand a homeless family aid program that is already in transition.

Samaritan Family Shelter on Old Sonoma Road had been the county’s only family homeless shelter in recent years. The property owner and former shelter operator, Community Action of Napa Valley (CANV), could sell the site.

Napa County considered buying the Samaritan building so a new operator, Abode Services, Inc., could run a shelter there. But county officials ultimately decided the cost for needed improvements is too high.

“Purchasing the Samaritan House shelter is off the table for the county,” county Public Works Deputy Director Liz Habkirk said last week.

That hoped-for $3 million state grant could be used to help buy a single shelter site or multiple sites to house homeless families, a county report said. A real estate agent on behalf of the county is looking at potential locations.

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