Friday, October 15, 2021

Santa Ana considers temporary shelter for homeless people with 75 beds

The city of Santa Ana, California, is considering opening a temporary homeless shelter for 75 people in partnership with the Salvation Army.

The city council will discuss the potential opening of Hospitality House for individuals experiencing homelessness at 818 Third Street during a June 15 meeting.

“This is part of the ongoing efforts by the City of Santa Ana to provide services, housing and support to the uninitiated individuals in Santa Ana,” Santa Ana spokesman Paul Eakins told The Epoch Times.

“The city council considers homelessness a high priority.”

Hospitality House offers homeless people personal space, three meals a day and the opportunity to work with a professional navigator to expedite their placement in permanent housing.

The Salvation Army has agreed to open and operate Hospitality House while the city’s permanent 200-bed Carnegie Avenue shelter is under construction. The permanent shelter is expected to open by the end of the year.

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The need for Hospitality House arose after the city’s temporary Link shelter with 200 beds was recently closed after more than two years of operation.

“We had the Link Shelter before and this one was meant to be a temporary shelter,” Eakins said. “We had to evacuate it because the building was being sold and developed. The Carnegie shelter is meant to replace it. ”

Hospitality House will only be in operation until the permanent shelter is open; under the proposed plan, the city would allocate $ 390,000 for an expected 90 days.

The contract is subject to extension, for a total amount of up to $ 780,000, from June 28 to December 28.

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