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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:
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 Report, Video, Press 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 Report, Video, Press Release
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 Report, Video, Press 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.
The City of Costa Mesa has reached an agreement with the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene to operate a 50-bed temporary interim bridge shelter on a portion of their property located at 1885 Anaheim Avenue. 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 who will ensure the facility is a reservation-based model along with 24-hour security and neighborhood management covering a half-mile radius. The agreement between the city and the church provides upgrades including creating security fencing around the facility, increasing lighting in the area, cleaning and sanitizing streets, sidewalks and parks where necessary, and adding modular trailers for restrooms, storage of personal belongings, and space for shelter beds. In addition, Costa Mesa has already satisfied the need for 12 of its 62 required beds by approving an application from College Hospital, a longtime and respected provider of mental health and medical treatment in the community.
The city’s commitment with any location will be to design the highest quality facility that is securely operated and free of loitering or neighborhood disruptions and will improve the greater Costa Mesa community. The particular focus will be a 1,500-foot radius around where the required shelter is placed. It is vital that this facility does not negatively impact the immediate surrounding neighborhood. Additionally, by opening a 50-bed bridge shelter, the city will avoid further litigation and the court will allow the city to put a heightened focus and strict enforcement of the city’s anti-encampment ordinance.