Thursday, October 08, 2009

They still don't want you to sleep on the beach,
so they're fixing up a parking lot

A temporary sleeping area for the homeless in a parking lot is being created in Laguna Beach, California. It's expected to open next month.

Laguna Beach repealed a ban on sleeping on the street earlier this year after the ACLU filed a lawsuit alleging the rule was unconstitutional. The lawsuit was later settled.

The new sleeping area will house 50 homeless people in modular portables. Duffel bags will be provided for people's belongings, and a bus will transport them from downtown to the parking lot.

Costs to run it come out to about $20,000 a month, plus $65,000 to set it up.

Some residents questioned how effective the sleeping area could be if homeless people chose to stay at the beach instead. Arnold Hano, a member of the city's Advisory Committee on Homelessness, suggested adding showers and lockers. "We've got to make it attractive enough to lure them away," he said.

Read the Orange County Register report here. And see previous posts here, here and here.


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