Thursday, March 21, 2013

Homeless in Irvine

In the late 1980s the City of Irvine applied for a HUD grant to convert an Irvine dog kennel into a 50-bed homeless shelter. It was turned down. The project was stopped (apparently some on council appealed to HUD to deny the grant). Larry Agran, currently on the city council, was a leading advocate of the project.
A controversial plan to convert an Irvine dog kennel into a shelter for homeless people appeared to be doomed Tuesday after federal officials canceled a $496,000 grant to finance the project.
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Experts believe that up to 30 families may be homeless every night in Irvine. A survey of churches and shelters undertaken by a city task force found that nearly 400 men, women and children from Irvine turned up at shelters in the county during the first six months of this year.
Agran has pushed for a central shelter so the city "can do its fair share" to ease the homeless crunch in Orange County.
Source:  HUD Cancels Grant to Fund Irvine Shelter for Homeless, LA Times, December 02, 1987.  Accessed: http://articles.latimes.com/1987-12-02/local/me-17303_1_hud-grant

Related Reference: Churm, Steven. Animal Shelter to House Irvine Homeless, LA Times October 29, 1987. Accesed: http://articles.latimes.com/1987-10-29/local/me-17073_1_animal-shelter

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