The setting of a deadline for the opening of a homeless shelter goes before the Huntington Beach City Council when it meets on Monday.
On the agenda is a recommendation to “authorize and direct” City Manager Oliver Chi to begin the operation of an expanded 174-bed facility for the unsheltered effective the first week of November.
The facility would involve an expansion of the planned Cameron Lane/Beach Boulevard facility (near Huntington Beach Hospital), a contract with Mercy House to operate the facility for a first-year cost of $2,596,240 and other provisions to establish the first homeless shelter in the area.
The funds to establish and operate the shelter come from community development block grants, COVID-19 impact money and other sources.
Huntington Beach has been seeking to establish shelters for over a year, but community opposition to the previous suggested locations has proven too strong.
The establishment of a shelter is considered crucial because cities are not allowed to enforce anti-camping laws unless they have a location for homeless people to sleep.
The council meeting is at 6 p.m. and will be conducted electronically. In-person attendance to make comments is not permitted, but can be done via telephone.
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