Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Orange County supervisors Friday approved the opening of a new emergency shelter for the area homeless in Santa Ana that would be available on rainy days.

The shelter, which is the old Santa Ana Transit Terminal at 400 W. Santa Ana Blvd., is expected to be ready by Sunday when storms are forecast. Mercy House will be in charge of running the shelter.

Board Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Vice Chair Michelle Steel and Supervisor Shawn Nelson unanimously approved a lease agreement with the property owner, the Orange County Transportation Authority, to use the building to house the homeless during this winter when forecasters predict fierce El Nino rain storms. Supervisors Andrew Do and Todd Spitzer were absent.

Officials needed the Federal Transit Authority to approve the lease, which it did earlier this week.

National Guard armories in Fullerton and Santa Ana also will be available for overnight shelter and other services.

In November, the board approved the acquisition of property at 1000 N. Kraemer Place to build a new year-round, full-time homeless shelter in Anaheim. It is expected to be open sometime this year.

–City News Service

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