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New Huntington Beach Facility Will Provide Housing To Homeless People

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An unhoused angeleno staying under a freeway underpass. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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A new facility dedicated to homeless services will open in Huntington Beach this month. The center will provide emergency shelter for 174 adult men and women.

Larry Haynes, the CEO of Mercy House, the nonprofit organization that will manage the new facility, said his first priority is creating multiple housing plans for each resident.

“Housing works for almost everyone, even folks that you think could never have sustained permanent housing before,” he said. “We’re getting people placed.”

Mercy House also provides wraparound services, such as employment counseling and mental health support. Residents will come from the Huntington Beach area and will likely be referred to the new center through other service providers.

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The center has been years in the making; a previous site was scrapped following a lawsuit from residents and businesses.