San Antonio City Council unanimously approved a critical zoning change Thursday that would allow a local nonprofit to build an apartment complex on the South Side for people experiencing homelessness.

“It is indicative of the city’s commitment to addressing the issue of homelessness and advancing permanent supportive housing specifically,” said Nikisha Baker, president and CEO of SAMMinistries, which provides housing and other services for people experiencing homelessness. “It’s one step on our journey — with a very big one coming next week.”

Whether Bexar County will contribute the funding it had set aside last year toward the project will be determined by the Commissioners Court on Tuesday. Commissioner Tommy Calvert (Pct.4) delayed a December vote on the nearly $4 million allocation. Some residents in the Hot Wells neighborhood where the complex will be located have said they were unaware of plans for the Acequia Trails complex until after that vote and that led to their opposition to the project.


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