OC Register: State legislators hear Orange County ideas for fixing homelessness
State legislators hear Orange County ideas for fixing homelessness
First-of-its-kind meeting generates broad discussion.
A first-of-its-kind legislative hearing in Buena Park Tuesday covered a wide range of issues related to homelessness in Orange County, from the cost of operating emergency shelters to support for medical-based treatment for jailed addicts to the dynamics some people face for being viewed as ‘resistant’ to accepting services.
The Select Committee on Orange County Chronic Homelessness was convened on Nov. 5, by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, who was joined on the dais by three other California Assembly members who represent Orange County constituents — Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, Tyler Diep, R-Westminster, and Cottie Petrie-Norris, D-Laguna Beach.
Also attending was Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, whose 58th District borders Orange County and includes the city of Bellflower, which earlier this year became the first Los Angeles County city to join Orange County communities that have agreed to open emergency shelters to settle a homeless civil rights lawsuit in federal court.
The 125 or so people who nearly filled the Buena Park City Council chambers included representatives of county agencies, city governments and law enforcement, homeless advocates, members of nonprofit organizations, and other constituents.