Garden Grove

Homeless housing approved

APARTMENT building at 11742 Stuart Drive in Garden Grove (Google Maps).

On a 5-1 vote –with Councilmember Phat Bui abstaining – the Garden Grove City Council on Tuesday night approved a resolution authorizing the creation of “permanent supportive housing” for the homeless at an apartment building.

The project will involve the rehabilitation and modernization of an existing 10-unit building located at 11742 Stuart Drive in a high-density neighborhood located southeast of Garden Grove Boulevard and Newhope Street.

Existing tenants will be relocated and new tenants – classified as “low income” or “very low income” – will have their housing costs subsidized.

Also Tuesday night, the council voted 5-1 (with Councilmember George Brietigam absent and Councilmember Stephanie Klopfenstein dissenting) to postpone for two weeks consideration of a request from the California-Nevada District Exchange Clubs Charitable Foundation for the city to co-sponsor a Veterans’ Day celebration and waive the $370 fee for the use and setup of the city’s Showmobile portable stage at the Village Green park at Euclid and Main streets.

The proposal stalled when several members expressed concern that many veterans’ groups were not involved in the project and that they only learned of the proposal in the last few days. Event organizers responded that theirs was a volunteer-only group and lacked the staff to conduct some of the outreach councilmembers were requesting.

It will come back before the council at the Sept. 28 meeting.



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