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Background and Recent Court Rulings

In 2018, the City of Stanton’s effort to enforce our anti-camping ordinances was significantly impeded through the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th District in the case of Martin v. City of Boise.  It held that local government’s enforcement of its anti-camping ordinance against homeless persons violate the individual rights protected by the 8th Amendment if the local city lacked sufficient overnight shelter facilities accessible to individuals.  This ruling was locally leveraged in Orange County Catholic Worker et al. v. Orange County et al., filed in U.S. District Court that in effect stopped all 34 cities in Orange County from enforcement of their local anti-camping ordinances against homeless persons.  In an extraordinary sweep, 34 cities are unable to enforce their codes unless there is shelter for those living on the streets. 

Based on a formula set by the ruling, the City of Stanton must provide emergency shelter beds in order for the City to enforce anti-camping codes.  The least financial impact to the city was to regionalize the solution. 

Stanton's Regional Approach

The North Service Planning Area made up of 13 cities (Stanton, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Orange, Villa Park and Yorba Linda) collectively agreed to share the cost and operations of two navigation centers in the cities of Placentia and Buena Park largely through grant funds under California’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program and certain additional funds made available under Senate Bill 2.

Agreement of this venture is based on the local mandate by U.S. District Federal Judge David Carter requiring work on a homeless housing plan for the region which includes the two Navigation Centers that would provide an array of supportive services including mental health, substance abuse, vocational and housing services. The City of Stanton, under this mandate to comply, will be ensured to maintain local control over enforcement of its own anti-camping ordinance in public areas including public sidewalks, city hall, libraries, parks and neighborhood sidewalks.

The key and current challenge is that both shelters must be opened and operating before all 13 cities can enforce anti-camping ordinances.  The Placentia Navigation Center opened on March 30th and Buena Park opened July 1st.

The City continues to perform daily outreach and engagement through local partners, City Net and the Orange County Health Care Agency with the goal of ending homelessness.


Stanton Homelessness - Resources & Efforts

Local Issues, Regional Partnerships, Passages from Street Homeless to Permanent Supportive Housing