Case Study: The LINK Santa Anna California

Background: In 2018 Federal Judge Carter ruled that the cities of Orange County could not prosecute homeless people for vagrancy if they could not provide emergency shelter for them. This landmark case created the impetus for cities to begin building new homeless shelters. Many of the cities said it would take years to build such facilities. 

Judge Carter worked with the City of Santa Ana, Mercy House, and developer Ryan Ogulnick of Vienyard Partners to create temporary homeless shelter in a warehouse development park. Their goal was to create a 200 bed facility in 28 days to help the homeless before winter set in. 

Republic Arts was given the privilege to work on the project. With less than 2 weeks to the opening of the facility, we were contracted to create a mural that was representative of the homeless and the City of Santa Ana.

With this short timeline we went out into the Santa Ana community to talk and photograph the homeless. Our goal was to showcase human dignity and empower those less fortunate with a message of hope.  

In the News

200-bed homeless shelter opens in Santa Ana

Los Angeles Times by Ben Brazil 

A 200-bed temporary homeless shelter opened Thursday in Santa Ana as part of an ongoing legal dispute launched by homeless advocates against several Orange County cities. The Link will house homeless men, women and families and provide various support services to connect them with permanent housing. U.S. District Judge David O. Carter has praised the city…

Santa Ana opens new temporary homeless shelter

The doors are open at a new temporary 200-bed homeless shelter in Santa Ana. The city worked with the owner of the building and a contractor to turn the empty warehouse near Red Hill and Warner Road into a full service shelter in less than a month. “In 28 days, we proved that you can do something like this, and now we’re going to be operational tonight,” Mayor Miguel Pulido…

Santa Ana Opens New Interim 200-Bed Homeless Shelter

Voice of the OC by Spencer Custodio

Santa Ana Thursday unveiled its new 200-bed interim homeless shelter, dubbed The Link, that has beds for single men and women, limited beds for couples and space for families. Mayor Miguel Pulido said during the news conference, the opening of the shelter will help give U.S. District Judge David O. Carter some leverage over Orange County cities in a lawsuit against…