Following the City of Tustin’s announcement on October 25, 2018 of the plan to establish a temporary shelter at the corner of Red Hill and Valencia Avenues, many members of the community have expressed questions and concerns about the temporary shelter. We are continuing to work through the fine details as we have yet to sign an agreement with the operator.
We recognize this is an important issue in our community. As a parent, there is nothing more critical than the safety of our children, and there is no greater priority for the City than public safety. As a result, all efforts are being taken to ensure public safety during this temporary period. This is a complicated issue that stems from a growing countywide problem, with a Federal court case that has thrust communities into difficult positions with limited options, and tough timeframes.
To be clear – the City supports the creation of an emergency bed shelter but the City also would prefer an alternate location. However, the ATEP location is the only viable option for the City to comply with the Federal Court settlement to open a shelter within 120 days. The City has been planning, and still intends, for the ATEP facility at Red Hill and Valencia to be the home to the Tustin Police Department and Parks Department Annex when Veterans Parks opens next year. We remain committed to moving the emergency shelter to a different location, and this temporary facility will only remain open during the time it takes to select and transition to a long-term location.
In the meantime, the City will operate the temporary facility in a manner that protects the health and safety of our community.
We would like to hear your questions and your ideas for a long-term shelter location in the City. Please email those to CityManager@tustinca.org.
And please join Mayor Murray for a Town Hall Meeting to discuss this further on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Heritage Elementary School, 15400 Lansdowne Road, in the multipurpose room.