Buena Park, CA - It won’t be long before the City of Buena Park’s Homeless Navigation Center begins providing temporary, transitional shelter to those living on the streets.
The Navigation Center, which is the result of a collaborative effort between 13 North Orange County cities, is located on a City-owned industrial site at 6494 Caballero Blvd. Once complete, the 15,360-square-foot facility will provide 150 beds in repurposed shipping containers, as well as health, vocational and other support services. The long-term goal of this regional effort is to help those in need transition into permanent housing.
Construction of the Navigation Center has moved rapidly since the City broke ground in July 2019. The site’s foundation is complete, and the shipping containers will be placed on the site by late February. In March, the contractor will complete the HVAC, electrical and plumbing, followed by the installation of all interior finishes. The shelter is scheduled to open this summer.
The Homeless Navigation Center is made possible through funds received from the North Orange County Service Planning Area (North SPA) as part of the State of California’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP). Buena Park received more than $6 million out of the $12 million the North SPA received to address homelessness in North Orange County. Mercy House will operate the Buena Park facility with additional North SPA funds. A second North SPAsupported shelter is being constructed in the City of Placentia.