Garden Grove

A three-city homeless shelter?

GARDEN GROVE may join with Fountain Valley and Westminster in a “navigation center” for the homeless (Shutterstock).

Garden Grove is poised to enter into an agreement with the cities of Fountain Valley and Westminster to consider establishing a “navigation center” to deal with the homelessness problem.

On Tuesday, the city council will consider a memorandum of understanding with those cities “to explore advancement” of such a project. No specific location has been identified and no final agreement reached.

Recently, City Manager Scott Stiles expressed his frustration with recent attempts by the city to purchase a building for homeless service in a real estate market in which prices are – or were – rising daily.

A navigation center typically provides temporary housing for the unsheltered but also includes physical and mental health services and employment assistance.

Huntington Beach last week moved forward to transition from its temporary navigation center on Beach Boulevard to a larger, permanent “Healing Center.”

According to a staff report, a county “Point in Time” survey of homelessness in May 2022  showed 278 homeless people in Garden Grove. Fountain Valley had 38 and Westminster had 159.

The council will meet in the Community Meeting Center, 11331 Stanford Ave. at 6:30 p.m.

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