City of Palm Springs to Host Homeless Navigation Center Community Meeting

A meeting Thursday will allow the community surrounding the Homeless Navigation Center to bring their concerns about the center to the City of Palm Springs.

The meeting will be held at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center at 48 W. Tramview Road. It will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Homeless Navigation Center will be located at 3589 McCarthy Road in Palm Springs. It is still in the planning phase and will be managed by Martha’s Village and Kitchen once it opens.

During the meeting, there will be a presentation on the plans and services of the navigation center. Palm Springs Police Chief Andy Mills, Martha’s Village and Kitchen CEO Linda Barrack, and Supervisor Manuel Perez’s Office Government Relations and Public Policy Advisor Greg Rodriguez will be on hand to answer any questions. .

There have been growing concerns about the shipping center surrounding its placement in a community that suffers from crime, substance abuse and other issues.

Community advocates in the past have argued for it to be placed elsewhere. City Manager Justin Clifton said the city understands the community’s concerns and is trying to work together to improve this situation.

“We will almost certainly create some sort of advisory council or committee of area residents so that they can help guide the design and construction process and stay in place for the first few days of operations,” Clifton said.

Today’s meeting is just the first step in that direction, according to Clifton.

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