Santa Ana Breaks Ground for Homeless Shelter

Ground was broken Thursday for a shelter for the homeless in Santa Ana aimed at helping get transients into more permanent housing.

The 1.7-acre shelter is described by officials as a “navigation and recuperative care” center. It will be located at 1815 Carnegie Ave. in an industrial area with no residences within a half-mile, officials said.

The project will include converting a manufacturing facility into an emergency shelter run by the city and the Illumination Foundation.

Plans call for construction of a personal storage area, a small dog run, an area for barbecuing, smoking area, bike rack and parking spaces.

The center will include 200 beds and have areas for individuals, couples and families. Of those, 50 will be funded by CalOptima, the county’s insurance provider for the needy, to provide a place for transients recuperating from medical treatment, said Paul Eakins, Santa Ana’s public information officer.

The center will also include a clinic offering medical, dental and behavioral health services, Eakins said. Social workers will also provide help to transients to get them into more permanent housing.

Originally published by the Illumination Foundation: Source