ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2018) — Anaheim is moving forward with a temporary 200-bed homeless shelter in partnership with the Salvation Army and continues to evaluate options for a second, 125-bed shelter in an industrial area of east Anaheim.
On Tuesday, the City Council approved an agreement with The Salvation Army Orange County and dedicated city funding for development and operation of a temporary shelter in an industrial area along Lewis Street south of Ball Road.
The action clears the way for development in December of a 1.7-acre site, or about 72,000 square feet, at 1340 S. Lewis St.
The site would include temporary, modular buildings for men’s and women’s dorms, restrooms, showers, dining and security, as well as areas for pets and personal property storage.
The Salvation Army, which already operates a residential adult rehabilitation center, warehouse and offices at the site, will operate the shelter.
The shelter space is expected to open in January or February.
In the long term, The Salvation Army plans to develop a comprehensive homeless care center called Center of Hope with 400 to 600 beds on the site.
Extensive security and operational planning and a location tucked away from neighborhoods will ensure both the temporary shelter and permanent facility will be a good for all of Anaheim.
You can learn more about the project at Anaheim.net/shelterplan.
On Tuesday the City Council also considered a proposed 125-bed homeless shelter at 3431 E. La Palma Ave., including a potential purchase of the building and a contract with operator Illumination Foundation.
The Council deferred a final decision on the site until the Nov. 20 meeting, allowing time to consider alternative options brought forth at Tuesday’s meeting.
On Tuesday, the Council is expected to consider whether to continue with the original proposal to purchase the 16,900-square-foot industrial building for $4.9 million and go ahead with development of a temporary emergency shelter there, to be operated by Orange-based Illumination Foundation.
The site would serve as a homeless shelter for two to three years until Salvation Army’s Center of Hope comes online.
Alternatively, the Council could consider options for private funding of the shelter project proposed by the property owner.
The Council is also looking at a proposal by a property owner at 3035 E. La Mesa St. to consider his building for purchase and use as a temporary shelter. That site is across the street from the 200-bed, county-run Bridges at Kraemer Place shelter that opened last year.
These two shelter sites are part of a settlement agreement signed by Anaheim on Nov. 2 that requires the city to build 325 additional shelter beds by early 2019.
The settlement resolves what is known as the Orange County Catholic Worker lawsuit, which carried the risk of losing our ability to enforce rules against public camping, public property storage.
The agreement allows Anaheim to uphold park hours, park rules and other city ordinances, with some conditions until additional the additional shelter space comes available in coming weeks.
While never the answer to homelessness, enforcement is one component in a larger, comprehensive strategy that is focused first and foremost on outreach, services and changing lives.
To learn more about all we are doing to address homelessness, Anaheim.net/homeless.