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Post Date:09/10/2018 5:59 PM

Lompoc Triage Center Opens To Assist Local Homeless

Resources in place as deadline arrives by which residents must be out of the riverbed

LOMPOC, CA, Sept. 10, 2018 – The City of Lompoc Riverbed Homeless Triage Center was up and operating Monday morning, providing clients with resources ranging from food to mental health services, thanks to the support of numerous local organizations.

The triage center opened on the Sept. 10 deadline by which all residents living in the Santa Ynez Riverbed must have vacated the riverbed. The riverbed clean-up is being carried out as a collaborative effort involving the City of Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, as well as many local organizations and community volunteers. The final evictions were running smoothly Monday, with no major issues or arrests reported.

By late Monday afternoon, the triage center at River Park had serviced 21 clients. The triage center is expected to remain open for 30 days, offering support and a place to stay 24 hours a day to pre-determined clients. Walk-in referrals to the site are not available, but clients may be referred to the center by calling 805-345-0235. Various health and wellness supportive services are being provided at the triage center. Among the organizations offering services at the center or in support of its clients are: the City of Lompoc, Coast Valley Substance Abuse Treatment Center, the Community Defender Division of the Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office, Santa Barbara County Social Services, Public Health, Behavioral Wellness, and Animal Services, the offices of Santa Barbara County Supervisors Joan Hartmann and Peter Adam, Family Service Agency, Prepare 2 Care, Micah Mission, Planting a Seed, Good Samaritan Shelter, the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center, and Overland Security Services, LLC.

Lompoc City Manager Jim Throop said the city was working hand-in-hand with these organizations to provide all Lompoc residents with the best possible quality of life. “The City of Lompoc shares the passion of our residents, homeless service providers, business leaders, and advocate partners for providing meaningful solutions to this immediate crisis of homelessness in our community,” Throop added. (more)

 The estimated costs for the triage center absent any in-kind donations of time and materials is $40,000 for 30 days of operations. The City of Lompoc has received authorization from the city council to use city general funds up to $40,000 to fund this effort, but Lompoc is looking to reduce the impact on the city’s general fund.

Support from the community is crucial as we continue forward with riverbed clean-up and triage services in Lompoc. Monetary donations are gladly accepted at to help support those moving out of the riverbed, at Chase Bank via account number 310597858, or by mail to: Micah Mission P.O. Box 1115 Lompoc, CA 93438. Any checks should be made out to “Micah Mission” and indicate that they are for “Hope for the Homeless”. In addition, donations are requested of new or clean sleeping bags, tents, blankets and pillows, and can be dropped off at Bridgehouse Homeless Shelter, 2025 Sweeney Rd.

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