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Posted on: September 8, 2018

Anaheim looks at homeless shelter proposal to address impacts on parks, streets, neighborhoods

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2018) — Anaheim’s comprehensive efforts to address homelessness took a major step forward Friday with the announcement of a proposed 400-bed homeless care facility known as Center of Hope.

The plans were detailed by Mayor Tom Tait during a court session with federal Judge David Carter, who is overseeing a federal lawsuit involving Anaheim.

Center of Hope would be developed and operated by The Salvation Army Orange County. It would offer emergency shelter, transitional housing and support services to get people off the streets in Anaheim.

It would be located in the industrial area alongside a railway between Ball Road and Cerritos Avenue, one of the best possible areas for a homeless facility with significant separation from homes, schools and parks.

Center of Hope would allow Anaheim to continue its homeless outreach efforts and allow the city to continue addressing homeless impacts on parks, neighborhoods and streets that have raised concerns among residents.

Anaheim is looking at the proposal as part of a settlement agreement that ends the city's involvement in a lawsuit over the February clearing of the Santa Ana River Trail by the county of Orange.

The lawsuit has carried the risk of a court order limiting Anaheim’s ability to address camping, public property storage and other violations.

That would only compound a situation we are trying to address, and one we know has a big impact on our residents, businesses and public spaces.

Find out more about the proposal at Anaheim.net/hope.

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