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County of Orange Cold Weather Armory Program Begins Service December 1st to Aide Homeless

November 29, 2001

Homeless Shelters Set to Open Doors

Contact: Karen Roper 714.834.3355
Ken Domer 714.480.2990

Housing & Community Development Department

County of Orange Cold Weather Armory Program Begins Service December 1st to Aide Homeless


(Santa Ana) - Providing up 250 beds each night for homeless families and individuals, the County of Orange's Cold Weather Armory Program is set to open Saturday night, December 1st at the California National Guard Armories in the City of Santa Ana (612 W. Warner) and Fullerton (400 S. Brookhurst). The Cold Weather Armory Program is operated by the County of Orange through a contract with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to provide a safe and clean place to stay as well as a nutritious meal, warm shower, clothes and outreach services to Orange County's homeless population. Bus transportation for persons requiring shelter is available from two locations each in Anaheim and Santa Ana. The Cold Weather Armory Program is contracted to run through March 31, 2002.

With cold weather now upon us, the shelters are being provided as a place to get a warm place to sleep, eat, shower, and assistance to get off the streets, stated Cynthia P. Coad, Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. "The Cold Weather Armory Program is a great example of government, non-profit organizations, the private sector and residents coming together to provide for those who would otherwise face a long, cold night outside.

Bus transportation is available from two locations in Anaheim at 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM (Magnolia & La Palma near Master Auto Repair Shop and La Palma & Citron near the city bus stop). In Santa Ana, transportation is available at 5:00 PM from Flower & Civic Center and at 5:30 PM from the Orange County Rescue Mission at 1901 N. Walnut.

The Emergency Cold weather Shelter Program is possible due to the help of more than 500 volunteers from agencies such as the County Executive Office, Housing and Community Development Department, Sheriff-Coroner's Department, Health Care Agency, Social Services Agency, Community Services Agency, City of Santa Ana, City of Fullerton, Mental Health Association of Orange County, Orange County Rescue Mission, Shelter and Hunger Partnership, Public Law Center, and Info Link Orange County. Many donations from other non-profit organizations, churches, and individuals add to the available resources to make this program a success.