Orange County supervisors Tuesday approved a plan to seek proposals for operation of the year-round homeless shelter to be opened in Anaheim as well as the temporary facilities in Santa Ana and Fullerton.
The county approved the acquisition of 1000 N. Kraemer Place in November to serve as an emergency shelter and a multi-service center intended to help the homeless get off the streets on a more permanent basis.
Supervisor Todd Spitzer said the Kraemer Place shelter should not be viewed by other officials elsewhere in the county as a cure to homelessness.
“Two hundred beds here or there is not going to cut it anymore,” Spitzer said of the need to provide long-term services to transients.
It would be a “huge mistake” for other cities to think the Kraemer Place facility will solve the county’s homeless problem, Spitzer said.
“The perception is our work is done, and our work is not done,” he said.
Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett emphasized how important it will be to make certain the area’s homeless know about the shelter and can get to it.
“This is not just a Band-Aid, it’s a longer-term problem and we need a long-term solution,” Bartlett said.
The board also approved a plan to issue fliers to food providers in the county to advise them they can freely donate food to charity without worrying about any potential legal ramifications.
Barring negligence or a “willful act in the preparation or handling of donated food” that results in sickening someone, restaurateurs, grocers and other food providers should not have to worry about legal or bureaucratic hassles from giving away excess food to charities, according to the flier.
The flier advises the food providers that state law protects “food facilities that do the right thing.”
Officials will advise food providers at inspections about the food donation program, which was the brainchild of the county’s public health director Dr. Eric Handler.
“It’s really fantastic,” Supervisor Shawn Nelson said of the program. “Dr. Handler has done such an incredible job. Hopefully this innovative program will be the first of many.”
Said Bartlett: “This is an outstanding way to get more food to the people who need it.”
–City News Service