The City of Huntington Beach is set to receive $1.45 million in funding as part of the State of California’s Budget Act of 2023. The $1.45 million, which was sponsored by Senator Dave Min, is allocated for use towards the City’s Navigation Center and Circuit Downtown Shuttle Program.
“Like so many other cities across Orange County, Huntington Beach is facing big challenges around issues like rising homelessness and traffic congestion. To solve these challenges, we must work together. I’d like to thank the Mayor and City Council for their work in identifying two critical areas where the State of California can help Surf City become a better place to live and work. I’m proud that this $1.45 million investment will improve the city’s homeless navigation center, as well as bolster micro transit systems that help ease traffic congestion and support local tourism.”
“As Mayor, my priority is to improve the quality of life for all residents, businesses, and visitors here in Huntington Beach,” said Huntington Beach Mayor Tony Strickland. “This State funding allows us to address a critical concern within our community and support the great work our police officers and social workers do daily to perform outreach and maintain public safety.”
Of the $1.45 million afforded by the State, $1.1 million will support the City’s ongoing effort to address homelessness through the Navigation Center. The Huntington Beach Navigation Center opened in December 2020 as a key piece in the City’s Homeless System of Care. The facility can shelter up to 174 individuals experiencing homelessness and is vital in providing access to services that help those unhoused identify a pathway to housing security. The Navigation Center has proven to be a tremendous success in aiding those in need of housing. Over the last calendar year, the Navigation Center has offered shelter and services to 428 unduplicated individuals experiencing homelessness.
An additional $350,000 was provided by the State to pay for the City’s Downtown Circuit Shuttle Program. This electric shuttle program reduces car traffic congestion, improves micro-mobility, enhances HB Downtown visitor experiences and helps to reduce Downtown Huntington Beach’s carbon footprint.