The relocated Laguna Beach emergency homeless shelter, or Alternative Sleeping Location, began accepting lodgers Tuesday, according to city officials.
The nightly shelter at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road replaces the temporary facility that has been in place since November at the ACT V parking lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. The new facility is between the Dog Park and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.
Homeless people will be picked up at the city bus depot on Broadway beginning at 6 p.m. and transported by van to the new shelter, which is about a mile farther up the canyon from the former shelter site.
The new facility is about 700 square feet larger, and will provide nightly housing to about 30 people, according to Laguna Beach Assistant City Manager John Pietig. The city is accepting only "local" homeless people, while those from out of the area are permitted one night's stay and are given assistance to find shelter elsewhere.