The Union Rescue Mission (URM), a longtime social service provider and homeless shelter on Skid Row, has expanded its operations and opened a new location - 26 miles north of Downtown. The nonprofit recently acquired a 71-acre complex near the Angeles National Forest. In a statement, URM President Andy Bales said the new complex will help free up space in the Skid Row facility at 545 S. San Pedro St. while moving vulnerable women and children "away from the many predators currently on the street." The facility, to be called the Hope Gardens Family Center, will house 300 women and children and offer counseling, career assistance and housing placement services.

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