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Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter

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On Friday, April 5, 2019 the City of Costa Mesa officially opened a 50-bed temporary bridge shelter on a portion of the property located at 1885 Anaheim Avenue. The new bridge shelter basically expands what was an already existing inclement weather shelter into a reservation-based, high-security temporary solution to offer shelter beds to those in need.

The temporary bridge shelter is run by a combination of city outreach staff and staff from Mercy House, an experienced, well-respected operator. If you have questions for Mercy House about the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter please call 714-836-7188 ext. 170 or e-mail

Bridge Shelter Resource Guide - REV-9-16-2019



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