Newport Beach seeks operator for planned homeless shelter

By Hillary Davis

Newport Beach has garnered interest from at least one potential homeless shelter operator and started designing a shelter that could go in a corner of the municipal public works yard, though the city is continuing to discuss where the shelter might be.

Officials say the bidding for an operator and design work doesn’t mean Newport has committed to or abandoned any of the three options it has most actively pursued in the past two months to find beds for people living on the streets and beaches.


Newport Beach has agreed to pay Irvine-based design studio LPA $120,000 to draw up plans for a possible shelter conversion at the public works yard, and the City Council and staff continue to hold closed sessions discussing both a potential lease of the rental car lot and a possible partnership with Costa Mesa, including joining the temporary shelter and the long-term shelter site.

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