Grace Leung, Newport Seaside Metropolis Supervisor

By Grace Leung, Newport Seaside Metropolis Supervisor

The Metropolis’s complete technique to cut back homelessness consists of partnerships with a number of service companies, nonprofit and neighborhood teams. This week the Metropolis Council accredited a two-year settlement that extends a kind of strategic partnerships, following a extremely profitable first 12 months.

On August 23 the Council accredited a two-year grant settlement with Trellis Worldwide, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit, to handle a program that gives ongoing cleanup tasks whereas coaching previously homeless and housing insecure people to reenter the workforce.

The Metropolis’s partnership with Trellis started in September 2021 underneath an preliminary, one-year grant. In the course of the previous 12 months, Trellis’ Group Affect Staff has accomplished almost 100 Metropolis-directed work tasks at 24 places all through Newport Seaside, together with cleanup and beautification efforts at Metropolis seashores, parks and services.

Below the brand new, two-year settlement, Trellis will improve its four-hour work tasks to 156 a 12 months – two every week from October via April, and 4 every week through the busier vacationer season.

The Group Affect Staff (CIT) is a volunteer service program, via which members develop expertise and job traits wanted to efficiently reenter the workforce. Every staff consists of three or 4 volunteers and a supervising staff chief. Trellis supplies CIT volunteers with work uniforms, transportation to and from the work tasks, steady supervision, water and snacks.

A number of CIT volunteers have gone on to seek out everlasting jobs and steady housing. Not less than two homeless people in Newport Seaside have change into concerned with this system after seeing volunteers working in the neighborhood.

Please go to our website online at to be taught extra concerning the Metropolis’s ongoing efforts to handle homelessness.

Building Accepted for Jr. Lifeguard Constructing

Building of the extremely anticipated Junior Lifeguard Constructing will start in September, following the award of a $6.4 million contract accredited by the Metropolis Council on August 23. The brand new facility is anticipated to be accomplished by Memorial Day 2023, in time for the summer season season.

On August 23 the Metropolis Council voted unanimously to approve a contract with Orange-based TELACU Building Administration, Inc. to construct a 5,400 square-foot facility close to the Balboa Pier that can function a everlasting residence for the Metropolis’s common Junior Lifeguard program. The constructing might be accessible for varied public makes use of when the Junior Lifeguard program will not be in session.

Jr Lifeguard constructing rendering

The whole venture price of $7.8 million might be paid largely via federal funds obtained by the Metropolis via the American Rescue Plan Act ($5.2 million), and personal donations to the Junior Lifeguard Basis ($2.051 million). The venture was accredited by the California Coastal Fee on March 9.

The brand new facility will exchange a brief trailer that lacks water and sewer connections. The brand new constructing will embody administrative and occasion house, expanded storage, locker rooms, and personal and public restrooms. Building will embody enhancements to Parking Lot A close to the Balboa Pier, together with the set up of electrical car charging stations.

State Provides Metropolis’s Normal Plan Housing Component Inexperienced Mild for Remaining Council Approval

On August 24, the state Division of Housing and Group Improvement (HCD) formally notified the Metropolis of Newport Seaside that the Metropolis’s revised Normal Plan Housing Component meets all state necessities. The notification will permit the Metropolis Council to think about ultimate adoption of the Housing Component at its common assembly of September 13.

The HCD letter is on the market right here for evaluate:

The notification is a significant milestone and accomplishment for this essential venture, which can information housing improvement in Newport Seaside for the following decade. Simply 25 of 197 companies within the Southern California space and solely two of 35 companies in Orange County have adopted an authorized Housing Component within the present cycle. If Newport Seaside’s Housing Component is accredited by the Council on September 13, it may very well be licensed by HCD as quickly as mid-October.

The Metropolis enormously appreciates the neighborhood’s continued participation and engagement on this difficult venture. Questions or feedback will be emailed right here: [email protected].

Summer time Recreation Members at All-Time Excessive

This summer season was essentially the most profitable thus far for the Metropolis’s recreation applications, which included swim classes, crusing applications and greater than 400 totally different summer season camps for youngsters.

Greater than 7,900 members engaged in summer season applications — greater than 1,000 above final 12 months’s quantity — over the course of 10 weeks.

This summer season:

  • The day camp program returned to off-site area journeys, and greater than 1,000 kids loved excursions to Raging Waters, Lengthy Seaside Aquarium and Knotts Berry Farm.
  • Swim classes had been an enormous hit at Marian Bergeson Aquatic Heart with greater than 900 members studying tips on how to swim and gaining confidence within the water.
  • Marina Park Crusing Heart was bustling with residents and guests making the most of on-site kayak and stand-up paddleboard leases. The Marina Park Sail Go and crusing tutorial lessons had been additionally extra common than ever.
  • Pint Measurement Campers, our staff-run pre-school program, offered 200 kids a full summer season of actions, water video games, and weekly surprises like bubble events, clown magic and reptiles.

Robotic Garden Mowers Return to Civic Heart

The Metropolis has bought three automated, electrical lawnmowers for the Civic Heart Inexperienced, following a profitable pilot venture to display the expertise that started in 2017.

In the course of the pilot venture, a robotic mower was discovered to have a number of advantages: electrical energy to cut back air pollution; quiet, all-weather operations; labor price financial savings; distant management capabilities; and the flexibility to chop grass into nice mulch.

Robotic lawnmowers

The brand new mowers embody a extra sturdy physique building with three reducing blades every and up to date GPS communication software program. Collectively, the three automated mowers — in several colours with designs that resemble a bee, a ladybug and a turtle — will full the Civic Heart Inexperienced mowing as soon as every week.

Junior Lifeguards Conclude Summer time Program

About 1,500 members took half on this summer season’s Newport Seaside Junior Lifeguard Program, which concluded August 4. This 12 months’s program noticed a return of particular occasions that had been postponed for the previous two years attributable to COVID restrictions, together with commencement ceremonies (proven within the picture above ). Many due to the members, households and lifeguard workers for one more profitable 12 months. We look ahead to subsequent 12 months’s program, which would be the first within the new constructing!

Mayor’s Youth Council Accepting Purposes For 2022-23 Faculty Yr By way of Sept 5

The Mayor’s Youth Council is now accepting functions for the 2022/23 college 12 months. This academic program provides highschool college students an in-depth have a look at careers supplied in native authorities and supplies a discussion board to precise opinions, creativity, and civic mindedness.

The Mayor’s Youth Council is comprised of three totally different features: schooling, service and outreach. Along with one-on-one mentoring with Metropolis workers, Youth Council members can even be concerned within the planning and implementation of neighborhood occasions and engagement with their friends. Excessive-school aged residents are invited to use by Monday, September 5. Click on right here for extra data or to use:

Homelessness Group Discussion board Sequence

Starting subsequent month, via November, the Metropolis will current a sequence of free, one-hour public boards that includes companies that work intently with our workers to supply providers for individuals experiencing homelessness in Newport Seaside.

  • September 12, 6 pm, on the Civic Heart Group Room, 100 Civic Heart Dr., that includes Metropolis Web. Jessica Bruce, director of outreach and engagement, and Valerie Carter, supervisor of the Newport Seaside staff, will current an summary of Metropolis Web’s providers, outreach methods, and function in housing and sheltering individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • October 19, 6 pm on the Civic Heart Group Room, 100 Civic Heart Dr., that includes Be Properly OC. Alyssa Guerrero, supervisor of the Newport Seaside staff, will current an summary of Be Properly OC’s Cell Disaster Unit and the wellness campus within the Metropolis of Orange.
  • November 16, 6 pm, on the Civic Heart Group Room, 100 Civic Heart Dr., that includes Share Our Selves. Christy Ward, chief govt officer for Share Our Selves, will talk about the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit’s work in offering outreach, medical, and social providers to the neighborhood.

If you would like extra data on the neighborhood boards or the Metropolis’s efforts to cut back homelessness, please contact Homeless Coordinator Natalie Basmaciyan at (949) 718-1991 or by e mail. You can even go to our homeless information dashboard for essentially the most up-to-date data on our outreach efforts:

Be Properly Cell Disaster Response Replace

The Be Properly cellular disaster response staff operates in Newport Seaside 12 hours a day, seven days every week to reply to psychological and behavioral well being crises. The cellular unit is staffed with psychological well being specialists and EMTs, and works intently with the town’s police and fireplace departments.

This week the Be Properly staff:

  • Collaborated with the Huntington Seaside Police Division to shelter an older grownup on the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter. The particular person stayed in a Huntington Seaside resort following an eviction in Newport Seaside.
  • Transported one particular person to an emergency room for therapy.
  • Transported 6 individuals to providers, shelter intakes, and appointments.

homelessness replace

The Metropolis of Newport Seaside supplies a complete response to handle homelessness via a coordinated effort by Metropolis workers, contractors, companion companies, and nonprofit teams.

This week, the Metropolis’s homeless outreach and response groups:

  • Proceed to shelter individuals. Twenty individuals who had been experiencing homelessness in Newport Seaside at the moment are sheltered within the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
  • Accomplished an consumption on the Huntington Seaside Navigation Heart with an older grownup. The particular person has sturdy ties to Huntington Seaside and is now sheltered with entry to housing navigation providers.
  • Enrolled three older adults into providers.
  • Helped three individuals acquire a Social Safety card, start certificates and new picture ID.

To donate to these experiencing homelessness in Newport Seaside, please go to our Good Giving Program internet web page at


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