Why: As you may know, federal lawsuits were filed last year against the County of Orange and nine other cities for the lack of emergency shelter beds for homeless individuals. The City has diligently evaluated nearly 30 potential properties in hopes of opening a Navigation Center. On April 3, 2019, the City met with Federal Judge, David O. Carter, to propose a new plan to obtain a building. The revised location for the proposed Center was well received by the Court.
Who: Opening a 75 to 90 bed, 11,200 sq. foot Navigation Center will allow the City to focus on enforcement of the City’s trespassing and anti-encampment ordinances and avoid a costly lawsuit. These laws will be an important tool in reducing homeless encampments and ensuring the safety and well-being of residents, business owners and visitors. It will also help keep our parks, beaches and open spaces safe and clean.
Input: The City plans on hosting two Open Houses:
Where: Nearly 30 locations were vetted. The City is considering the purchase of a building in the Industrial Zone at 15311 Pipeline Lane.
What: The proposed Center will provide beds for adult men, women and couples. There will be an approval process for potential clients including: no “walk ins” or “walking out,” no registered sex offenders (290’s) or open felony warrants, and length of stay up to 90 days, which could be extended if the homeless client is in process for housing. Clients living at the Navigation Center can stay on-site during the day and obtain needed services such as health care, counseling, job training and more. The clients will be driven to and from the site. The Center will be fenced in to prohibit homeless clients from loitering around the area.
When: The City plans to open the Navigation Center later this year. Steps that need to be taken include: City Council approval of the purchase (April 15 meeting), tenant improvements, selecting a qualified homeless shelter operator, and finalizing operating costs and funding. The City plans to host a series of community Open Houses in the next week to address community concerns.
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