On March 18, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (Fullerton) submitted a letter to Governor Newson. Requests to Keep Fullerton Armory open to House Orange County Homeless is top priority when combating homelessness.
The letter read as follows:
Dear Governor Newsom,
In your State of the State, you described the challenge of housing the homeless as an “urgent moral crisis.” I could not agree more. Now, your compassion and leadership is requested to extend the Armory Emergency Shelter Program for an additional 90 days.
This time, Orange County and cities are stepping up to be a part of the solution. In addition to our extension request, last year we created an Orange County Housing Trust Joint Powers Authority. Even this year, I have introduced a number of bills around homelessness and housing. County leaders are unified in this effort to create permanent housing solutions, not just temporary fixes.
In the meantime, individuals who are currently sheltering in the Fullerton armory will soon not have that option as the current housing option is about to expire.
Governor Newsom, I do not expect you to keep these armories open indefinitely, we understand that the armories were purposed for different demands. Yet we believe that, while county and local government leaders are working together, it is crucial that the Armory continues to be available to shelter the homeless in Orange County.
Thank you for your consideration of this urgent request. If you have any questions, please give me a call at (916) 319-2065.
This article was released by the Office of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.