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Lompoc Triage Center To Close Oct. 10th

Post Date:10/05/2018 5:09 PM

Resources will remain available for those experiencing homelessness

LOMPOC, CA, Oct. 5, 2018 – The City of Lompoc Riverbed Homeless Triage Center at River Park will close at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 10, ending its planned 30-day run.

The triage center opened on Sept. 10, at which time all residents living in the Santa Ynez Riverbed were required to vacate the riverbed. 

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, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’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, Home For Good, Good Samaritan Shelter, the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center, Perry’s Auto Parts & Service, Pommerville’s Automative & Gas, and Overland Security Services, LLC.

As a result of the triage center, dozens of local people experiencing homelessness have received assistance, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, shelter, and family reunification.

As of Friday afternoon, the triage center has served 69 clients since opening on Sept. 10. Of those clients served, 22 remained at the center with 19 of them having feasible discharge plans.
The City of Lompoc is pleased that the triage center and its service providers have enabled three clients to reunite with their families, five clients to be placed in residential drug rehabilitation, nine clients to be placed in clean and sober emergency shelters, and two clients to secure permanent housing. 
Other clients left on their own, or were asked to leave the triage center because of rule violations.

City of Lompoc Community Development Program Manager Christie Alarcon said the city cannot continue to operate the triage center.

She noted, however, that triage center service providers were taking every measure to ensure that all clients who are willing to accept help have resources and shelter in place ahead of the triage center’s closure.
“The City of Lompoc is grateful to the many provider agencies who have made this triage center possible. From the contributions of businesses, nonprofit and faith-based groups, and even individuals, the passion the Lompoc community has for helping those in need is obvious.”

There are several ways community members can continue to support those in our community experiencing homelessness as we approach the closure of the triage center.

Those with rooms available for renting to triage center clients, particularly Section 8 housing, are asked to contact the Bridgehouse Homeless Shelter at 735-4390.

In addition, 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”.

The riverbed clean-up taking place concurrently with the triage center operation could take several more weeks or months. The Lompoc City Council voted unanimously at its Tuesday, Oct. 2 meeting to declare a State of Emergency due to the degraded condition of the riverbed. This declaration could open up the clean-up effort to funding support from the state and federal level.

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