In closed session Tuesday, Orange County supervisors will talk about buying abandoned bus terminal in the Civic Center that could be used to provide shelter and outreach for homeless people. Supervisors are also set to discuss a plan for protecting people from expected El Niño storms.
Supervisors voted unanimously to purchase an industrial building in Anaheim for a 200-bed shelter and service center. Hundreds turned out for the vote, with both supporters and detractors making impassioned pleas.
Chris Vance, who owns a store called Piano Empire, near the proposed shelter in Anaheim and Michael Chew, a resident who leads BetterSolutions4Anaheim argue OC supervisors need to consider better alternatives than ramming a homeless shelter into their community.
Orange Resident Angie Armenta argues that county officials need to rethink their efforts to place a homeless shelter in Anaheim and focus on a more regional approach that is respectful of local residents and their neighborhoods and businesses.
Following a county-sponsored community forum at a church to discuss a proposed homeless shelter, some residents opposed to the plan believe supervisors should choose more neutral venue for future meetings.
Longstanding efforts to establish Orange County’s first year-round homeless shelter took a major step forward Tuesday, when county supervisors started the process to buy a building in a commercial area of Anaheim.
Orange County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to drop plans to purchase an industrial building site for the construction of a year-round homeless shelter, instead calling on Santa Ana city officials to choose a shuttered bus terminal as the new site.