The City of Tustin is committed to addressing the homelessness crises affecting our community.
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The City Council has continued Agenda Item Number 11- DDA Agreement with Jamboree Housing Corporation, until the first quarter of 2019. As such, there will not be any community meetings on November 29 or December 3 and they will be rescheduled.
This morning we received the attached letter from Jamboree Housing Corporation requesting a continuance to December 4, 2018, of Agenda item Number 11 (Disposition and Development Agreement with JHC-Acquisitions LLC AKA Jamboree Housing Corporation for Parcel 1A South at Tustin Legacy), as listed on the November 20, 2018 City Council Agenda. Staff supports this request.
Jamboree Housing Corporation would like to host a community meeting to discuss the proposed project on November 29, 2018 at 7 p.m. and on December 3, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the: Tustin Community Center at the Market Place
2961 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782
For additional information, view Agenda Item Number 11 as listed on the November 20, 2018 City Council Agenda.
The City of Tustin has just received an
announcement, by way of a Media Advisory, that Santa Ana will be opening a new interim homeless shelter today at 2320 Red Hill Avenue in Santa Ana.
This was not a press release but rather an invitation to the media only to tour the facility today. While it has been widely known that Santa Ana was planning a new interim 200-bed shelter within their City, Santa Ana has not disclosed the location until today.
Despite the shelter being located on the border of the City of Tustin, Santa Ana has not consulted the City of Tustin about the proposed location and there have been no public hearings in Santa Ana to approve a shelter at the location.
Upon receiving this “media advisory,” we immediately requested information from the City of Santa Ana about the new facility, the plans for its manner of operation, and the security measures that are planned there. This information will be shared on the City’s website as it becomes available.
At the City of Tustin’s last City Council meeting, the City Council considered, and ultimately made the difficult decision to authorize, the conversion of City-owned structures into a temporary shelter for unsheltered individuals at 15445 Lansdowne Road in the City of Tustin. The shelter must be operational by February 23, 2019, pursuant to the City’s recent Federal settlement agreement.
Since the announcement of the proposed shelter on October 25, the City has received a wide range of comments, ranging from support to concern to disbelief to anger. The large majority of responses have been in support of helping the homeless; however, the most resounding issue has related to the planned shelter’s proximity to Heritage Elementary School.
Despite the extra safety precautions and use of best practices with a successful operator, we are seriously reevaluating potential alternate temporary locations that would relocate the shelter away from the school as soon as possible. Since the City is still required to create an operational shelter by February 23rd, preparation for the authorized shelter must still proceed but the City’s intent is for it to remain open for as short a period of time as possible until an alternate location can be operational.
Outreach & Task Force
The City Council has also directed staff to initiate outreach to solicit public input regarding the long-term location of the homeless shelter. As a result, the City Manager’s office will soon be forming a task force to assist in the selection of the long-term location as soon as possible. The task force will be comprised of roughly 10-15 community members representing residents and other constituents throughout the City of Tustin.
More information regarding the upcoming task force will be forthcoming in the near future.
Following the City of Tustin’s announcement on October 25, 2018, of the plan to establish a temporary shelter at the corner of Red Hill and Valencia Avenues, many members of the community have expressed questions and concerns about the temporary shelter. We are continuing to work through the fine details as we have yet to sign an agreement with the operator.
We recognize this is an important issue in our community. As a parent, there is nothing more critical than the safety of our children, and there is no greater priority for the City than public safety. As a result, all efforts are being taken to ensure public safety during this temporary period.
This is a complicated issue that stems from a growing countywide problem, with a Federal court case that has thrust communities into difficult positions with limited options and tough timeframes.
To be clear - the City supports the creation of an emergency bed shelter but the City also would prefer an alternate location. However, the ATEP location is the only viable option for the City to comply with the Federal Court settlement to open a shelter within 120 days. The City has been planning and still intends, for the ATEP facility at Red Hill and Valencia to be the home to the Tustin Police Department and Parks Department Annex when Veterans Parks opens next year.
We remain committed to moving the emergency shelter to a different location, and this temporary facility will only remain open during the time it takes to select and transition to a long-term location.
In the meantime, the City will operate the temporary facility in a manner that protects the health and safety of our community.
We would like to hear your questions and your ideas for a long-term shelter location in the City. Please email the City Manager.
Tustin to Protect Public Safety & Public Health While Addressing Court Settlement
Recently the City of Tustin, as well as other Orange County cities, have been sued in Federal court in an effort to address the lack of emergency shelter beds for the homeless in Tustin and Orange County. In order to protect and maintain public safety and public health in our community and to avoid costly lawsuits, the City of Tustin has agreed to enter into a settlement that will be overseen by Judge Carter in Federal court.
The agreement will allow Tustin to continue use of its anti-camping and park closure ordinances in order to protect public health and safety in Tustin.
The City will be required to provide 50 temporary emergency shelter beds to be available within 120 days. The facility will be operated by referral only, therefore, walk-in individuals will not be allowed. There will be 24-hour on-site security as well.
Due to the very short time frame mandated by the court, and after review of several sites, the City has selected a temporary location on an appropriately zoned secured City property. This location is adjacent to the highly successful Village of Hope/Rescue Mission homeless shelter at the corner of Redhill and Valencia Avenues. Because of its location and temporary nature, the City is partnering with Jim Palmer and his operation at the Village of Hope/Rescue Mission to run this facility.
We believe that having Jim Palmer’s organization managing the temporary operation will provide quality care and services in the facility and ensure minimal impact on the community.
After the facility is up and running to meet the Court’s order, and we have more information about the City’s long-term needs, the City will host a Town Hall meeting to seek community input on our long-term needs and requirements in addressing homelessness in Tustin.
Tustin City Manager’s Office
Email the City Manager
Last summer, concerned citizens shared their concerns with staff and our City Council. As such, the City Council discussed this important issue at the July 18, 2017, City Council Meeting.
View a recorded video of the meeting, the staff agenda report as well as a PowerPoint presentation.
To date, Tustin has provided the following direct and indirect support to end homelessness:
Community Development Department
The Community Development Department designates Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to provide direct financial assistance to agencies assisting the homeless population. These agencies include:
- Goodwill of Orange County
- Human Options Transitional Housing
- Mary’s Shelter
- Mercy House Emergency Shelter
- Olive Crest Transitional Housing
The amount of grant funding provided is approximately $27,000. Additional staff funding to administer the CDBG program and homeless services providers is approximately $10,000.
Approximately 50% of the two Tustin Police Department Community Impact Officers (CIOs) salaries are spent on homelessness issues. This is a cost of approximately $100,000 annually, at a minimum, for the two CIOs time spent on homelessness. Even while working with the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, the CIOs have many calls that involve the homeless.
This minimum cost is not including calls for service by the patrol officers on calls pertaining to homeless individuals.
Orange County Rescue Mission
In 2015, the Tustin City Council unanimously approved the sale of 2 fourplexes to the Orange County Rescue Mission to house homeless veterans.
The overhauled fourplexes can house up to 32 veterans and their families.