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Homeless May Soon Have a Safer Place to Sleep

 
by: HB News staff writer
Posted: September 14, 2020

 

Homeless sleeper with his treasures on the historic HB Pier

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Last Saturday, September 12th a homeless male set up camp on the historic Huntington Beach pier for all to see. Looking for a safe place to sleep during the day, he chose a bench on the pier. Other homeless people have also used Pier Plaza, sidewaklks, in back of buildings, Bartlett Park and other local parks as their abode.

In a few months this could all disappear when the new homeless shelter will be finished on Cameron Lane. The shelter will be able to house around 174 people in safety. The temporary prefab structure will allow time for the city to find a permanent shelter elsewhere. This will also give police the legal right to remove the homeless to a safer place to stay temporarily.

On Sunday, September 13th, a sleeper used the closed Post Office steps at Olive Avenue and Main Street

 

Part of our homeless problem stems from the 2018 ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled that cities cannot criminalize the homeless for sleeping outdoors in parks, sidewalks, bus benches, etc when nothing else is available to them. With the new shelter, the homeless will have something available to them.

Sights like above will hopefully be a thing of the past.

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