On August 27th, 2020, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, joined the Huntington Beach City Council at the groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s future Cameron Lane Navigation Center. This navigation center will be a transitional shelter with specific service providers on-site who help persons experiencing homelessness “navigate” eligible social services, medical services and benefits to stabilize them and move to housing. It is being developed in partnership with the County of Orange and upon completion, will serve 174 homeless adults living in Huntington Beach.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the needs of the homeless population and how the issue of homelessness is more than just about shelter; it is about addressing the needs of the whole person from shelter to mental health to physical health,” said Chairwoman Steel. “As the Chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors, I am encouraged by this partnership and this project.”
The estimated time of completion is November 2020, upon which the City of Huntington Beach will take ownership of the center and contract with Mercy House, a trusted shelter operator, who will provide day to day on-site management.
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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.