Buena Park, Calif. — The City Council approved a plan Tuesday that outlines “next steps” to respond to homelessness in the city. This proactive effort was presented by Council Member Virginia Vaughn and Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Swift, members of the city’s Homelessness Ad Hoc Committee. The Committee was formed in late 2015 to research homelessness in the community, as well as identify resources, programs, and partnerships that can assist the city with graduation from the street and into permanent housing.
“The plan lays the ground work for moving forward to address this complex issue,” said Council Member Virginia Vaughn. “With the proper resources in place, I believe we can make a significant, positive impact on our community and the lives of many vulnerable residents.”
The plan outlines the following steps to take place over the next six months:
- Conduct a Buena Park census to collect data;
- Engage community members–residents, service organizations, faith community–on homeless responses;
- Provide two police liaison officers dedicated to homeless interactions;
- Connect with businesses on homeless issues; and
- Address stolen shopping carts.
“As we implement the first phase of the plan, we will continue to seek out resources such as housing, volunteers, and possibly a centralized resource center to support the city’s long-term efforts,” said Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Swift. “Also, we will continue to work closely with our neighboring cities to decrease homelessness on a regional level.”
The Homeless Ad Hoc Committee will be holding its next meeting on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Council Chamber, 6650 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90621.