Homeless solutions UPDATES

City Hosting a Virtual Town Hall Update on Homelessness

Please join the City of Huntington Beach as we host a virtual Town Hall to provide the latest updates on homelessness and the new Navigation Center that opened its doors in December 2020. We’ll provide an overview, stats, and a Q&A session led by Mercy House’s Development Director, Lauren McGunigale; the Huntington Beach Police Chief, Julian Harvey; Homeless Task Force Case Manager Hayley Yantorn; Orange County United Way’s Executive Director for United to End Homelessness, Becks Heyhoe; and Natalie Moser, City Council Member

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Watch Our Homelessness 101 Class – Presented by OC United Way

The City of Huntington Beach and Orange County United Way partnered together to host Homelessness 101 – a virtual class to learn about homelessness in Orange County. This class is a great opportunity to receive answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about homelessness: 1. What causes people to become homeless? 2. What is the current state of homelessness in OC? 3. Can homelessness be solved? This online class provides a deeper understanding of the homeless system in our communities, up-to-date

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Sign Up for the Homeless Task Force Newsletter

The HB Homeless Task Force has a monthly newsletter highlighting some of the successes and challenges we encounter as we work to engage and find creative solutions to assist the homeless population in Huntington Beach. If you are interested in being placed on our newsletter distribution email, please send us a message at phtf-casemanager@hbpd.org. Click here to view our most recent newsletter and an archive list of past newsletters.

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Updates – Week of January 18, 2021

Please read the following updates from City Staff for the week of January 18, 2021: On Friday, January 8th, workers from several City Departments, including Public Works, Homeless Task Force (HTF) Case Managers, HTF Outreach Officers, Police Property Division, Patrol Officers, Navigation Center staff, and Detectives, facilitated a relocation and clean-up effort at numerous locations throughout the City.  The team went to seven locations which were identified based on citizen observations, reported issues, areas with long term camps, highly visible areas, and driven

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City Hosts Town Hall Meeting About the Navigation Center

On January 13, 2021, the City of Huntington Beach kicked off its Town Hall Series on homelessness with a Town Hall meeting focused on the new Navigation Center. The meeting was led by Mayor Kim Carr and panelists Mercy House, the Homeless Task Force, and the Huntington Beach Police Department who described their multi-pronged approach to managing homelessness in our community. A recording of this Town Hall meeting is available below: https://youtu.be/FCyiZ4u85S4 January 13, 2021 Town Hall Presentation Slides

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Get Involved and Support the Navigation Center

Interested in getting involved to support our new Navigation Center?  Consider donating much needed items or volunteering your time to serve the homeless.  To do so, please follow the instructions below and reach out to Mercy House directly.  

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Navigation Center Opened Its Doors on December 7, 2020

The City’s Navigation Center, managed and operated by Mercy House, opened its doors to the first homeless clients on Monday, December 7, 2020.  It was a momentous occasion for the Huntington Beach community that has cited homelessness as one of their primary concerns.  The Navigation Center, which was built in approximately 3 months, will provide safe shelter and access to critical services for up to 174 adults. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILRBd4q4Iho

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Ongoing Preparation to Open the Navigation Center

The City and Mercy House are continuing to prepare the Navigation Center site for our first homeless clients.  The City is putting the final touches on a few remaining construction elements, including a perimeter wall and fence, parking lot striping, and installation of one final restroom and shower trailer.  The City expects to wrap up all work and formally turn over the site to Mercy House this week. Mercy House continues to work onsite, receiving and installing furniture and equipment for our homeless

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Week of November 15, 2020

The City is working on the finishing touches to the Navigation Center such as a new block wall and decor.  The Navigation Center operators, Mercy House, is currently training staff and delivering equipment and furniture on site, in anticipation of opening their doors to the homeless during the week of November 30, 2020.

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Huntington Beach Hosts Ribbon Cutting Event for the New Navigation Center

November 2, 2020 – After years of effort, the Mayor and City Council hosted a ribbon cutting event today to celebrate the completion of construction of the City’s Navigation Center.  The facility will provide up to 174 shelter beds for adults, and will also facilitate additional case management and support services.  “During the past 5 years, addressing homeless related issues has been a top priority at the City,” said Mayor Lyn Semeta.  “Establishing a Navigation Center here in Huntington Beach provides us with

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Community Webinars – Learn More About Our Navigation Center

The City hosted 3 community webinars about the Navigation Center on September 22, October 1, and October 8, 2020.  The first community webinar focused on “Building and Funding the Navigation Center”, the second on the “Operations Plan” and the third on “Enhancing Public Safety”.  Recordings of all 3 webinars are available below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVZa0n5EQ_E&feature=youtu.behttps://youtu.be/ZqLPlCCyPXYhttps://youtu.be/H9_IcQGsyyQ

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Week of August 31, 2020

During the week of August 31, the on-site crew continued to fully enclose the Navigation Center site with temporary construction fencing.  The site was also fully grubbed and cleared of vegetation and debris from demolition activities.

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Week of August 24, 2020

During the week of August 24, construction officially began with the following activities: 1.  Demolition of an uninhabited single family home on 17631 Cameron Lane 2.  Degrubbing of the project site 3.  Installation of temporary fencing around the perimeter 4.  Demolition of existing asphalt to prepare for the installation of new sewer lines that will serve the Navigation Center The next major steps will include grading and installing an asphalt cap over the entire site.  

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August 14, 2020

Site Control Achieved We’ve finalized our negotiations with the property owner, closed escrow on the Cameron site, and entered into a ground lease for the Beach site.  The initial lease is for an approximate 4.5 month period (through January 2021) at $15K / month for a total cost of ~$67,500.  The City Council had previously authorized an expenditure of up to $120K for use towards procuring the ground lease.  Construction Coordination with the County Our team at the City finished all site design

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