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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

County Executive Office
December 1, 1999
Contact: Diane Thomas
Emergency Shelters Open Today at Santa Ana and Fullerton Armories
(Santa Ana) – The doors of the Santa Ana and Fullerton National Guard Armories open today to provide emergency shelter, along with enhanced services to help end the cycle of homelessness. Both armories are tentatively scheduled to remain open seven days a week through March 31.

The 1999/2000 Emergency Shelter Armory Program will offer hot meals, showers, a safe place to sleep, shelter from the winter, clothing and blankets to approximately 250 homeless individuals and families each night.

"Traditionally known for providing only food and shelter for the homeless, the County’s goal is to enhance supportive services to address the issues causing homelessness. In a collaborative effort, several agencies will provide much-needed services to the homeless who will stay at the armories," said Karen Roper, County Coordinator for Homeless Prevention Programs. "This program is a perfect example of a public/private partnership."

According to a recent County survey, there are more than 14,000 homeless people on any given night in Orange County. "Opening the doors of these armories is great news for the homeless as well as for other emergency shelter providers who must turn away people nightly because their shelters are full," said Roper.

Agencies involved in the Armory Program include: the County’s Executive Office, Housing & Community Development, Sheriff-Coroner Department, Health Care Agency, Shelter for the Homeless, Mental Health Association of Orange County, Orange County Rescue Mission, Shelter & Hunger Partnership, and Info Link Orange County. Additionally, many other non-profit organizations, churches and individuals from across Orange County have donated resources and time to this community effort.

For more information, contact Karen Roper at (714) 834-3355 or visit the County’s volunteer website at http://www.ocgov.com/ (click on Volunteers).