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The City of Costa Mesa has reached an agreement with the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene to operate a 50-bed temporary bridge shelter on a portion of their property located at 1885 Anaheim Avenue.

The new bridge shelter basically expands what is an already existing inclement weather shelter into a reservation-based, high-security temporary solution to offer shelter beds to those in need.

The temporary Lighthouse Church bridge shelter will be run by a combination of city outreach staff and staff from Mercy House, an experienced, well-respected operator.

To learn more about the Council actions and the proposed Bridge Shelter click the links below:

Jan. 15, 2019 Agenda Item: Approval of a bridge shelter project as a component of a Westside Restoration Project - Staff ReportVideoPress Release

Feb. 5, 2019 Agenda Item: Authorization of bidding exemption under section 2-165 of the Costa Mesa Municipal Code and award bridge shelter operator Professional Services Agreement -  Staff ReportVideoPress Release

Feb. 19, 2019 Agenda Item: Approval of a lease agreement with the Costa Mesa Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene for use of a portion of existing property to be utilized as the city's temporary bridge shelter. - Staff ReportVideoPress Release

Feb. 26, 2019 Agenda Item: Authorization of bidding exemption under Section 2-165. - Staff ReportVideo

March 5, 2019 Agenda Item: Approve the acquisition of real property located at 3175 Airway Avenue for evaluation of use as the city's permanent bridge shelter and other possible uses. - Staff ReportVideoPress Release

A lawsuit was filed against the cities of Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana and the County of Orange regarding the scheduled removal of encampments and individuals who were illegally camping along the Santa Ana River trail. To enforce the city's anti-encampment ordinance and to avoid litigation, Federal District Court Judge David Carter provided direction to the city to provide shelter beds equal to 60 percent of the city’s last homeless count numbers. In January of 2017, the count found 103 unsheltered individuals in Costa Mesa, and 60% of 103 equals 62 beds.

For more information on the city's efforts and to provide feedback contact Public Information Officer Tony Dodero at (714) 754-5288 or via email at citynews@costamesaca.gov.