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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Tracking coronavirus: 49 shelter beds added for homeless women

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 8, 2020) — Anaheim is adding 49 beds for homeless women in a temporary shelter operated by The Salvation Army at its Anaheim thrift store site.

The temporary shelter is scheduled to open by Friday, April 10, and operate for about two months.

The beds are an interim measure to get homeless people off the streets as the city awaits the opening of the planned 101-bed expansion of the Anaheim Emergency Shelter.

The shelter will serve only women, as that has been identified as the greatest need in Anaheim. There continue to be open beds at the Anaheim Emergency Shelter and the La Mesa Emergency Shelter for men.

Construction on the Anaheim Emergency Shelter expansion began earlier this year, and the 101 additional beds are set to come online in early June, bringing the total shelter capacity to 325.

The addition of the 49 interim shelter beds is designed to bring people into shelter to get them on a pathway out of homelessness while also reducing the risk of spreading coronavirus among the homeless population in Anaheim.

The temporary shelter, in an industrial area just south of the 91 freeway, will consist of 49 cots placed at least six feet apart in the empty thrift store warehouse with portable bathroom and shower trailers installed outside in the parking lot.

The Salvation Army will operate the shelter. The city has contracted with Lyons Security Services for 24/7 onsite security.

The temporary shelter is in addition to other measures being taken by Anaheim to continue addressing homelessness, particularly in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

The city has secured a 60-room Anaheim motel to be used for quarantine and isolation of homeless individuals from the shelters, should it become necessary. The first residents, those identified as at higher risk for coronavirus, moved into the motel on April 3. None have COVID-19, the condition caused by coronavirus.

There is 24/7 security at the motel, in addition to an onsite manager. Anaheim’s longtime nonprofit partner City Net, which already does homeless outreach for the city, will provide services for anyone staying at the motel.

For the protection and privacy of those now there and potential future patients, the name and location of the motel is not being disclosed.

Finally, Anaheim is receiving 39 camper trailers from the state of California starting this week. The trailers will be stationed at the Anaheim Emergency Shelter, the La Mesa Emergency Shelter and the motel for quarantine and isolation use, and staged at Anaheim Convention Center for any future needs.

Funding for all three of these measures will come from $1.38 million in state money allocated to Anaheim for homeless resources, as well as federal aid available for coronavirus response efforts.

For daily updates on coronavirus in Anaheim, see Anaheim.net/coronavirus.