Huntington Beach

Temporary shelter site before council

A TEMPORARY alternative shelter site for the homeless will be considered by the Huntington Beach City Council on Monday night (Shutterstock).

The establishment of a “temporary alternative shelter site” for “home-challenged persons” during the coronavirus crisis is on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council.

Located at 17631 Cameron Lane – east of Beach Boulevard between Slater and Talbert avenues, near Huntington Beach Hospital – the city-owned 34,189 square foot parcel would be used to create staging areas, staff zones, transport access and shelter space for homeless people needing shelter and isolation due to the COVID-19 emergency and pandemic, according to a city staff report.

The city council will be asked to approve an agreement with the Orange County Health Care Agency, which would be responsible for the construction of temporary facilities, administration and security of the shelter.

There have been several attempts to create a homeless shelter or “navigation center” in Huntington Beach, each one withdrawn because of public opposition. This proposal frames the shelter as a public health issue because of the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Also on the agenda is a proposal to establish a payment deferral program for business license renewal taxes and fees, transient occupancy taxes (“bed tax” paid at hotels and motels) and business improvement district assessments.

Additionally, the council will consider a proposal by Mayor Lyn Semeta to form an “Economic Recovery Task Force.” The requested action is to direct the city manager to come back in two weeks with a proposal for the group, and the appointment of two council members to the task force.

The council meeting will be recorded live from the council chamber at 2000 Main St. with the regular session starting at 6 p.m.  Because of current guidelines related to health issues, members of the public are encouraged to view the meeting online or on HBTV Channel 3.


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