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Finding the right solutions for homeless residents

12 Feb About Costa Mesa, Community Matters, In the News | Comments Off on Finding the right solutions for homeless residents
Finding the right solutions for homeless residents

Finding just the right solutions for homeless residents in Costa Mesa is huge task, but a very worthy one. Providing shelter, care, and medical/mental health services to our homeless residents is not only our [city council’s] moral duty but it’s our fiscal duty as well since we are stewards of your tax dollars.

JOHN STEPHENS is a Costa Mesa City Council member and the chair of the Association of California Cities-Orange County's Homeless Task Force

JOHN STEPHENS is a Costa Mesa City Council member and the chair of the Association of California Cities-Orange County’s Homeless Task Force

I’m so fortunate to share the dais with John Stephens — Costa Mesa City Council Member. He doesn’t just have talking points. He works the issues, meets with diverse interests, and problem solves. And he really cares about making sure programs and projects are done right! So grateful for his willingness to serve. We have so much work to do to address homelessness in City of Costa Mesa and throughout the OC.

The Orange County United Way recent report gives great detail on the significant costs of doing nothing. The number of unaccompanied women over 60 is growing at a dangerous pace. Our city council has been unified to date on funding and support Costa Mesa Network for Homeless Solutions efforts to find housing and services for homeless residents in Costa Mesa. We budget more than $1million annually.

We must do more to ensure that every city in OC contributes, provides at least one emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing project, and creates affordable housing opportunities. If we all step up and do our part, no one city will be financially burdened and our community will be healthier overall. I look forward to continuing to work John Stephens and the WISEPlace advisory board to find solutions and build safe, appropriate and quality permanent supportive housing.  ~Katrina  Foley

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*Finding the right solutions for homeless residents has been a high priority of Council Members John Stephens and Katrina Foley for some time now.  You can volunteer or simply assist in making Costa Mesa a safer place by contacting the following services if you are concerned for your or someone else’s safety.

Resources for Short-Term Response:

  • Network for Homeless Solutions Hotline: (714) 754-4977
  • Costa Mesa Police Department (Non-Emergency): (714) 754-5252
  • Psychiatric Evaluation and Response Team: (714) 834-6900
  • Centralized Assessment Team (CAT) 24-Hour Psychiatric Intervention: (714) 517-6353
  • Abandoned Property: (714) 754-5607

 

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