LH city contracts homeless services

By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal

In an effort to address a rise in the number of homeless individuals, La Habra has contracted with City Net to help get them off the streets and provide the resources they need. La-Habra-logo-low-rez
The contract, approved by the city council last month, call for City Net to help provide long-term recover options for the transient population, including temporary places to live, mental health and job resources.
The Long Beach-based City Net already contracts with Anaheim, Buena Park and Santa Ana to help provide resources and solutions.
The city has a homeless task force comprised of representatives from various city departments as well as the La Habra Police Department, according to Rob Ferrier, assistant to the city manager.
However, while Ferrier explained that they task force does its best, they aren’t social workers and City Net will help provide resources to help with long-term solutions.
LHPD said that interactions with homeless individuals in the city have increased 10-15 percent from 2014-2015.
In an effort to help address the homeless issue, Orange County Supervisors approved a year-round shelter last year that is being built in Anaheim.  La Habra, along with other North Orange County cities paid approximately $150,000 for the 200-bed shelter that will include resources like a service center aimed at helping people find permanent housing and employment.
City Net will help La Habra work with the shelter as a larger collaborative team that addresses the homelessness issue in La Habra.
LHPD and the city estimate 40-50 long-term homeless individuals in the city.  A number that is much lower than that of neighboring cities
After a less than a month into the contract, Ferrier reported that City Net was already able to successfully get an individual off the streets, into temporary housing and working to stay off the streets.
The $90,000 contract is for one year, but La Habra city staff will assess how things are going after three months.

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