"The biggest issue that I think we have facing us with the homeless is affordable housing," Beu said. "In Laguna Beach, there is just no such thing as affordable housing. ... That can be done in the Verizon lot where the temporary ASL location is. That's the big goal of those of us who are housing advocates."
Price and others are working with the city to discuss long-term options for the site, but the plans are preliminary.
In the meantime, Beu and other church leaders sometimes struggle to manage the current workload. For example, nearly every dinner provided at the shelter comes from church volunteers, who rotate the duty.
"These churches are doing just a tremendous job for us," Price said. "This year alone, they've provided already over 20,000 meals. They will continue to do that every night. We've never missed a night. That's something faith communities do very well. They see a need and they see a practical way to meet that need, and they stick with it."