Orange County’s first year-round homeless shelter opens today in Anaheim as part of the city’s comprehensive approach to addressing homelessness.
Bridges at Kraemer Place, a 24,390-square-foot facility alongside the Riverside (91) Freeway in the Anaheim Canyon, opens today with 100 beds for those looking for help getting off the street.
By summer 2018, another 100 beds will be added at the shelter, along with additional resources and services.
“There are no easy answers to homelessness, but today is a step in the right direction,” Mayor Tom Tait said at the facility’s dedication on Thursday. “This is a big day for our city, our partners at the county of Orange, and an even bigger day for those who need help breaking the cycle of homelessness.”
Bridges at Kraemer Place is a transitional facility that offers safe, comfortable shelter and access to social services. The shelter is designed for stays of 30 days or less and as a bridge to permanent housing.
In addition to serving as host city, Anaheim’s City Council allocated $500,000 in funding for the shelter.
Mercy House Living Centers, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit, operates the shelter and is a partner in Anaheim’s addressing homelessness initiative.
Mercy House also runs the La Palma Check-In Center at La Palma Park where the homeless can store personal property.
The Anaheim Police Department has worked closely with the county of Orange, Mercy House and area businesses and residents on a security plan that ensures Bridges at Kraemer Place will be a good neighbor.
Working with our nonprofit partner City Net of Long Beach, Anaheim has helped nearly 700 people get off the streets and into housing since early 2014.
Anaheim and City Net conduct weekly outreach at the Santa Ana Riverbed, alongside the Riverside (91) Freeway, at city parks and others areas to offer shelter and services for the homeless.
For the first time, Anaheim and City Net now have a year-round shelter as a resource for the homeless in our city.
Bridges at Kraemer Place offers:
For more on Anaheim’s efforts to address homelessness, visit Anaheim.net/homeless.