Ground was broken Thursday for a new homeless shelter in Huntington Beach.
The shelter, which is being built in a partnership with the county, will provide an array of support services aimed at helping transients into permanent housing.
The so-called navigation center will have 174 beds and be constructed on two parcels at 17631 Cameron Lane and 17642 Beach Blvd.
“The groundbreaking of our navigation center symbolizes a major step forward in the city’s ongoing efforts to alleviate homelessness in Huntington Beach,” Mayor Lyn Semeta said.
“It demonstrates the city’s sincere commitment to support the most vulnerable members of our community by providing individuals with a safe space to regain their footing on the path towards housing security. The center will provide a secure place to sleep, as an alternative to camping in parks and open spaces.”
The center will be made of large tents, called sprung structures, and include trailers for an administrative office, a dining room and common area, where laundry can be done. Additional trailers will be added for restrooms and showers.
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