ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2019) — Just 60 days after starting construction, the city of Anaheim and The Salvation Army today opened a new homeless shelter, the Anaheim Emergency Shelter, which will offer beds and services to 224 people living in homelessness in Anaheim.
The 2-acre site is made up of 20 modular units serving as sleeping quarters, dining and recreation, security and administrative offices.
There are six living quarters for men, three for women and one for couples. Men and women will have separate restroom and showers.
There’s also a laundry unit where residents can wash and dry their clothes — a luxury they didn’t have readily available living on the street.
The shelter welcomes its first residents on Friday, Feb. 1. About a half dozen people will move from Anaheim's interim emergency homeless shelter on State College Boulevard to the Anaheim Emergency Shelter and be introduced to The Salvation Army’s array of services offered onsite.
“Breaking the cycle of homelessness is never easy,” said Mayor Harry Sidhu. “Operating shelters is never easy but it’s worth it. From this campus will emerge amazing stories of triumph and restored lives. This site allows us to continue to ensure compassionate assistance to the homeless and that our public spaces are available for everyone to enjoy as they were intended."
Anaheim is committed to offering 325 shelter beds to those living in homelessness on the city’s streets.
As it stands today, there are 424 shelter beds available in Anaheim between this shelter and an interim emergency shelter that opened in December on State College Boulevard. An additional homeless shelter is slated to open mid- to late February and will serve 101 people. At that time, the shelter on State College Boulevard is expected to close no later than mid-March.
The city partnered with The Salvation Army to build the temporary homeless shelter because of the nonprofit’s proven track record in this area and 30-year history in Anaheim.
The temporary shelter is the newest addition to the 6.8-acre Salvation Army campus located off Lewis Street in an industrial area of east central Anaheim. Also on the campus is the Adult Rehabilitation Center where 175 individuals are completing a six-month drug and alcohol rehabilitation program and working at the adjacent Salvation Army donation warehouse.
Over the next two years, The Salvation Army will be working to raise money and build a proposed permanent 600-bed homeless shelter called the Center of Hope.
Learn more about Anaheim’s homeless shelter plan at Anaheim.net/ShelterPlan.