The federal government is considering a shelter for unaccompanied children of undocumented immigrants in Southern California, possibly near Redlands.    

The Office of Refugee Resettlement, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is looking at possible site in San Timoteo Canyon, according to official

The Unaccompanied Alien Children Shelter could provide residential “accommodation” for approximately 430 children, who would be taken care of 24 hours a day, seven days a week by at least 430 staff, the documents said.

The solicitation of space in the Inland Empire, with a possible location in the San Timoteo Canyon, near Redlands, was posted by General Services Administration (GSA), which provides workplaces by construction, managing and preserving government buildings.

According to the documents, the shelter is required to provide child bedrooms or sleeping areas, child bathrooms, in-door recreation or multipurpose room, medical, dining area, administrative and support space. In addition, the location should have at least 2 acres of exterior space for outdoor recreation.

GSA is seeking to lease a space within the following designated area: State Route 210 in the north, East Alessandro Boulevard to Central Avenue to State Route 91 in the south, SR 210 to Interstate 10 to Alabama Street to Barton Road to San Timoteo Canyon Road to Redlands Boulevard in the east, and State Route 71 in the west.  

The building would be 74,000 to 91,000 square feet, the documents said.

“The location of the shelter will be determined by the solicitation for space on behalf of HHS as described in the pre-solicitation notice,” said GSA spokeswoman Pamela Pennington told the Redlands Community News. “HHS will manage the shelter.”

The shelter could start operating on December 2020.  

For that to happen California would have to grant a license after all necessary modifications and improvements have been completed in accordance with state and community care and group home licensing requirements.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more than 144,000 migrants were taken into custody in May of this year, a 32 percent increase from April.  About 40 percent of those arrested were children, authorities said.