By: OC Supervisor Shawn Nelson
On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors formally directed County Real Estate staff to explore the feasibility of acquiring a building on North Kraemer Place for the purpose of establishing the county’s first permanent multi-service center and emergency shelter.
For decades the county has utilized the armories in Santa Ana and Fullerton as emergency shelters during cold weather months, however several years ago multiple studies by separate agencies showed a that multi-service centers with a full time shelter is a most cost effective and efficient model.
Despite two proposals previously pursued by the board in recent years, one in Fullerton and one in Santa Ana, both times the host city balked at supporting the county in its effort and the proposals fell flat. The new site in Anaheim may be the answer to finally replacing the armory pending the county real estate office’s review.
The Orange County Register covered this story in this article: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-655518-site-supervisors.html