2 homeless people found dead in Yreka, city officials say

YREKA, Calif. – Two homeless people were found dead Monday morning in Yreka amid the cold surge throughout our region.

Police are investigating the situation, but the city says its Homeless Liaison Officer was in contact with both individuals over the last couple of months.

The city says the officer offered resources, food, tents, and blankets and notified them both of the prior warming center on December 1st and 2nd.

The city also says both individuals, who have not been identified, refused to participate in that warming center.

The city says it continues to partner with Siskiyou County’s Human Services Agency to address Yreka’s unhoused population.

“The city has also supported the county’s shelter that will be up in the city of Yreka. Hopefully, that will be stood up in the next four to five months… but events like this are extremely sad and this is the reason that the sense of urgency is so important,” Yreka City Manager Jason Ledbetter said.

Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services set up a warming center Tuesday evening at the Methodist Church in Yreka.

Ledbetter said he spoke with the Paster of the Methodist Church Tuesday.

He said he’s willing to offer the church as a space for a warming shelter whenever the city can work with the county to provide the service.

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