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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Anaheim again leads on homelessness, expands partnership with Salvation Army

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2020) — Some 100 additional temporary homeless shelter beds are set to open in Anaheim in the next four months as part of Anaheim’s ongoing effort to address homelessness.

The City Council on Tuesday approved expanding Anaheim’s partnership with The Salvation Army, which operates the Anaheim Emergency Shelter in an industrial part of the city.

The action will add 101 beds for a total of 325 at the Anaheim Emergency Shelter and help address lingering issues of homelessness across the city with a focus on women, couples and families, including pets.

In approving the additional Anaheim Emergency Shelter beds, the City Council turned down another proposal that called for the creation of a new shelter on Magnolia Avenue in west Anaheim.

“Expanding our partnership with The Salvation Army is the most effective way forward,” Mayor Harry Sidhu said. “This allows us to continue helping those in need while upholding our commitment to address the impacts of homelessness on our neighborhoods and businesses.”

The Anaheim Emergency Shelter was one of two shelters that opened in Anaheim in early 2019 and allowed the city to clear major encampments at Maxwell, La Palma and Schweitzer parks, along railways and on other public spaces.

With Anaheim’s existing shelter beds at near capacity, the additional beds will allow the city’s social workers and homeless outreach police to offer shelter to those still living in homelessness at bus stops, freeway ramps, railways and other public spaces.

Four new modular dormitory buildings with beds and personal spaces will be added to the Anaheim Emergency Shelter, along with added restrooms, showers, storage, laundry and office space.

The additional beds will go on an open gravel lot now used for parking in the next 90 to 120 days.

The expansion also will include a new roadway, relocation of a storage and administration unit and upgrading of the kitchen at The Salvation Army’s neighboring Anaheim Adult Rehabilitation Center, which prepares food for the shelter.

One-time construction costs are $1.8 million. Added operating costs will be $1.7 million annually.

The city expects to fund the construction and operating costs using California Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program funding from the state.

The contract with The Salvation Army for shelter construction and operation would be for two years with two one-year extensions.

The additional beds are another step toward Anaheim’s long-term plan for homelessness, a facility known as the Center of Hope being developed in partnership with The Salvation Army and planned for the campus now home to the Anaheim Emergency Shelter

The Center of Hope would include a 325-bed shelter, longer-term supportive housing with counseling and other resources as part of a comprehensive campus.

It is also slated to include at least 100 affordable, supportive housing apartments, with more potentially coming in a second phase.

The first phase of the Center of Hope is expected to open by 2022.

For more on our efforts to address homelessness, visit Anaheim.net/homeless.

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