City Council Votes to Support Developing a Year-Round Homeless Shelter

The La Palma City Council, at its recent city council meeting, adopted a resolution to support the County of Oranges efforts to create a year-round regional homeless shelter.

The cities of Fullerton and Anaheim along with the County of Orange have spearheaded this project as part of the Countys Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. The selected location is at 1000 N. Kramer in Anaheim. This will be the first time a year-round center will be open for the homeless. The facility will serve the homeless populations for La Palma, Anaheim, Fullerton and other neighboring cities in Orange County. The site will house an emergency shelter and will have a multi-service center providing resources for the homeless and the agencies and non-profits that assist homeless adults and families.

Anaheim and Fullerton are each contributing $500,000 to the Countys $4.2 million purchase of the property. La Palms support of the site does not require a financial commitment. The Citys General Plan Housing Element does include provisions for emergency and transitional housing. While La Palma has a fairly small homeless population, the shelter will provide the city with resources to help the homelessness.

In a unanimous vote, the City, adopted the resolution to join the North Orange County Cities Energy Partnership (NOCCEP). It is a regional cluster of cities and represents half-a-million residents covering an area of 81 square miles. NOCCEP partners include Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company and the Energy Coalition. The coalition is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and will serve as the implementing vendor for eight Orange County cities: Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Orange, Placentia and Yorba Linda.

The goal of the partnership is to achieve energy savings, improve the environment and encourage residents and businesses and to be energy efficient.