Huntington Beach

Homeless shelter location considered

ANOTHER try at establishing a homeless shelter is underway in Huntington Beach (Flickr/Hajee).

After two unsuccessful journeys, the City of Huntington Beach is trying again to steer its way to a homeless shelter.

A potential site for what’s being called a Navigation Center – 17881 Beach Blvd., north of Talbert Avenue and the former Al’s Woodcraft building – has been identified and will be discussed at the Oct. 7 meeting of the city council.

Before that, three open houses for the community will be held. They are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m. in the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave. in rooms C and D.
  • Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 2000 Main St. in the lower level.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 6-8 p.m. at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave. in rooms C and D.

The proposed Navigation Center is in a commercial district and could accommodate 35 to 60 beds for adult men, women and couples. Clients would have to meet certain conditions, including a ban on “walk-ins,” ”walk-outs,” registered sex offenders those with open felony warrants and people who are “unruly.”

They will be able to stay for up to 90 days, and must stay on the site and receive services such as health care, counseling, job training and more. Clients would be driven to and from the site and the center would be fenced in to prevent loitering. Additional police patrols would be provided.

Huntington Beach is under pressure to develop a place for the unsheltered. A federal judge is ruling that cities which do not provide shelter for the homeless may not be able to enforce laws banning camping on public lands, including sidewalks, parks and beaches.

Two previous proposed locations located in industrial areas were shelved because of community opposition due to their proximity to parks and schools.

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