The Continuum of Care board voted unanimously Sept. 26 to close committee meetings to the public. Meetings of the full 15-member board, which the county says isn’t subject to state open meeting laws, and a separate meeting for homeless providers, will remain public.
With new revenue from a recent sales tax increase starting in April, council members hired two police officers, and plan to add part-time code enforcement workers and other services aimed at helping the homeless.
Mayor Tom Tait used his State of the City Address to announce “Better Way Anaheim,” a city program modeled after one in Albuquerque that provides homeless people with jobs like trash pickup and landscaping.
A plan by county officials to turn an abandoned bus depot into a service center for homeless people at the Civic Center is drawing cautious praise from some homeless advocates. But others are wary, including one advocate who says it will make the problem worse.
The Los Angeles-based non-profit The Midnight Mission will receive up to $1.4 million over the next year to run a 300-bed shelter and service center at the now-shuttered Santa Ana Transit Terminal adjacent to the Civic Center.
The city has hired a nonprofit to bring together a wide variety of groups to collaborate on getting Civic Center homeless people set up with housing. The arrangement with Long-Beach based City Net calls for placing 30 people into housing each quarter.