Lake Forest, CA – Lake Forest City officials on Thursday expressed concern about a proposal to house up to 400 homeless individuals in a former elementary school in Santiago Canyon.
“The proposed site is on a busy and unlit highway,” Lake Forest Mayor Jim Gardner said. “We recognize the seriousness of the situation, but a shelter on Santiago Canyon Road would be dangerous for people living at the shelter and motorists alike.” Earlier this year, the City sent Orange County officials a letter asking for more safety improvements on Santiago Canyon Road after recent traffic fatalities on the road.
The former school, now the Library of the Canyons, was selected as a potential site during a meeting of South Orange County mayors on Thursday, April 19. Lake Forest Mayor Jim Gardner attended the meeting and objected to the location because of the operational and safety concerns.
Lake Forest officials acknowledge the importance of finding appropriate housing for individuals now homeless and are willing to play a role in providing a safe, long-term solution. City leaders will remain engaged with the South Orange County cities in order to meet the request of U.S. District Judge David Carter to find a suitable solution to the homeless challenge.
For additional information, contact Brett Channing, Director of Management Services, at (949) 461-3419.