Lompoc city officials seeking financial support to aid in riverbed cleanup

Posted at 3:39 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 18:39:04-04

The City of Lompoc is asking for help from the public as it prepares for the upcoming Santa Ynez Riverbed cleanup.

As part of the cleanup, police have issued more than 60 eviction notices to people living in the riverbed. The deadline for the homeless to leave the riverbed is Sept. 10. On that day, a triage center will be set up at River Park. City officials say the center will provide various services, such as mental health support, portable showers, and social services, and will help the homeless find temporary shelter.

To help with the center and plans to clean up the riverbed, the city is asking for financial support from the community, Santa Barbara County and local organizations.

Local pastor and homeless advocate Brian Halterman has started an organization called "Micah Mission" to complement the city’s efforts. Donations can be made at the Micah Mission website, at Chase Bank via account number 310597858, or by mail to Micah Mission, P.O. Box 1115, Lompoc, CA 93438. Checks should be made out to "Micah Mission" and indicate that they are for "Hope for the Homeless."

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