Orange County Supes Approve Controversial Homeless Shelter
The Orange County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a year-round homeless shelter that will house 200 beds in the City of Anaheim. Tuesday’s vote greenlights the $4.25 million purchase of a warehouse at 1000 N. Kraemer Place and followed four hours of public comments.
“We changed history today in Orange County,” said an emotional Karen Roper, director of Orange County Community Services. She said she expects the facility to be open by the end of 2016.
The county shelter—a first of its kind in Orange—was a bone of contention between public officials and the local business community due to concerns over the crime and drug activity it might attract. Supervisor Shawn Nelson dismissed the worries as “false fear.” Todd Spitzer said it was the right thing to do—even if costs him voter support.
There are an estimated 4,400 homeless people living in Orange County. According to the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness, some 15,300 people will experience homelessness for at least one night over the course of this year.
Read more about Tuesday’s vote here.
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