On the morning of June 29, 2020 Michelle Steel joined city, state and healthworkers, as well as Supervisor Doug Chaffee, to commemorate the opening of the Buena Park Navigation Center.
“This morning I had to pleasure to participate in the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Buena Park Navigation Center. The Buena Park Navigation Center represents the coordination and commitment from the 12 partner cities of the North Service Planning Area to address homelessness and provide solutions that benefit the region,” said Chairwoman Steel. “It is a transitional, temporary homeless facility which will provide a stable setting with healthcare and other resources to help clients permanently transition off the streets. Its goal is not to simply manage individuals experiencing homelessness, but rather to end homelessness.”
The Center was built with 48 shipping containers and will begin operation tomorrow, even though work is still being done to complete the project. The center will only receive clients on a referral-basis; walk-ins will not be permitted. The City of Buena Park has selected Mercy House as the operator for this facility. The site will be staffed around-the-clock with strict operating requirements. The Buena Park Police Department will oversee the development of a detailed security plan during the public process. Typically, intakes and discharges (by arranged transportation only) will take place during normal business hours.
“I am very proud of every staff member – both for the cities and the county – who helped make the Navigation Center a reality. Job well-done,” added Chairwoman Steel.
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First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.