Huntington Beach’s Approach to Homelessness
Here in Huntington Beach, we strive for a balanced approach to helping those in need while minimizing the impact on the community. In 2015, we established the Homeless Task Force to connect with the homeless, understand their needs, and provide referrals to resources that will reconnect them with families and provide shelter. The City also engaged in an extensive site selection process to build a navigation center to temporarily shelter the homeless. After an extensive search, the 174-bed shelter was identified as the best way to address the needs of our homeless population, given existing federal restrictions.
BY THE NUMBERS
Part-time Case managers
Full-time Homeless Liason Officers
People reconnected with families
People helped off of the streets
A Look Back At How Huntington Beach Has Been ADDRESSING Homelessness
HBPD identified 130-150 homeless persons in the City.
City hired additional Task Force members and developed partnerships with outreach organizations to expand its reach.
HB voters cite the homeless crisis as a primary goal addressed in the General Plan.
Point in Time County shows 289 unsheltered homeless in HB, a 143% increase from 2017.
Huntington Beach considers a joint shelter site with Costa Mesa
City identifies the 17631 Cameron Lane site and enters into escrow.
City enters into an Emergency Use Facility Agreement with the County to develop the navigation center on the Cameron Lane site.
City acquires Cameron Ln. site and enters into a lease for the Beach site.
December 7, 2020
Navigation Center opens its doors to the first homeless client.
City Council created the Homeless Task Force, comprised of officers and outreach staff to assist the homeless.
Point in Time Count shows 119 unsheltered homeless in HB.
Additional case managers hired to assist the Task Force; created Homelessness Solutions Coalition.
City hosts 2 open houses for a potential Navigation Center.
The sites are not approved due to various issues and public feedback.
COVID-19 is declared a pandemic; State issues a Stay at Home Order and directs counties to house a share of their homeless population.
The City Homeless Task Force increased to four Homeless Liaison Officers to improve COVID response and outreach. This was significant and matches the numbers and resources we have in other places.
The Navigation Center site is graded; construction commences on September 19.