Yale Navigation Center Provides Homeless Services in Santa Ana
The Yale Navigation Center, a 64,000-square-foot two-story emergency homeless shelter, was recently completed in Santa Ana. Spearheaded by HomeAid Orange County, the new facility will provide refuge for 275 single men, 100 single women and 25 couples experiencing homelessness.
“The Center meets a critical need in our communities by addressing a social issue that has impacted our local businesses and neighborhoods for years,” said Andrew Do, chairman of the Orange County board of supervisors. “This is part of the System of Care program that the county began in 2016.”
Located at 2229 S. Yale St., the center will offer temporary lodging, meals and support services such as case management, employment and housing assistance, behavioral and mental healthcare support and substance abuse treatment. Key spaces include women and men’s dorms, restrooms, showers, a dining hall, kitchen, and a clinic space and classrooms.
General contractor C.W. Driver Companies worked with architecture firm IDS Group Inc. to complete the project.
“The new center is designed to provide local individuals and couples with access to clean and safe lodging as well as the appropriate resources to help improve their physical and mental well-being and reach stability so they can transition out of homelessness as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Karl Kreutziger, president of C.W. Driver Companies. All stations include twin beds and storage cabinets, and meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.