The six-foot former Swansea City, Everton and Stoke City centre-back will boost Lee Johnson’s defensive options until mid-January with the option to extend his contract.Williams, 35, brings a wealth of Premier League experience having made 241 top-flight appearances on top of his time in the Championship, as he links up with his new teammates in the first month of the current campaign.Head Coach Lee Johnson said: “I’d like to offer Ashley a very warm welcome. His experience will be invaluable, both on and off the pitch, and we’re all looking forward to getting to work with him.”Williams’ career began at Stockport County before he helped Swansea reach the second tier via the 2007/08 League One play-offs. An instant hit in South Wales, Williams made the move permanent for a then club-record fee.After eight seasons with the Swans which included top-flight football after their 2010/11 promotion, Williams linked up with Everton for three seasons, before signing with the Potters on loan for the 2018/19 campaign.Williams has been twice named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year (2009/10, 2010/11) and won the League Cup with Swansea in 2012/13 following his Championship play-offs win to reach the Premier League in 2010/11.
SANTA CLARITA – The seasonal shelter for the homeless that for years has sparked NIMBYism in the Santa Clarita Valley housed 22 families and 40 children this winter. A study completed late last week found that the shelter at a public works yard in the heart of Santa Clarita housed 199 people. An average of 39 stayed the night, while families with children were given vouchers for local inns. Almost half the clientele fell in the 24-44 age group while 21percent were minors. The shelter, operated by the nonprofit Santa Clarita Community Development Corp., had the aid of more than 2,000 volunteers who served more than 3,100 breakfasts and 4,200 dinners, and handed out more than 3,800 sack lunches. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Aside from food and shelter, workers provided the homeless with clothing, medical and mental health services and other assistance and referrals. Case managers offered housing and job-placement assistance to 85 homeless adults – more than half of whom found either work or housing from December through March when the shelter was open. Organizers have met opposition over the years from residents who don’t want to draw the homeless to their neighborhoods and are looking at rotating the shelter every two years among four sites. Although the shelter is closed until winter, it needs volunteers and funding. Donations can be made online at www.SantaClaritaShelter.com or mailed to Santa Clarita Shelter (SCCDC), 24901 Orchard Village Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355. For information, call (661)618-2978.