Solutions for the Homeless
What Works and What’s Ahead
The League of Women Voters believes that when families or individuals cannot afford decent housing, government should provide assistance in the form of income and/or subsidized housing.
According to the most recent official count of homeless people in Orange County, the 2017 OC Point in Time Homeless Count Overview, on January 28th 2017:
- There were 4,792 homeless people in Orange County.
- 2,584 were unsheltered.
- 1,248 were staying in emergency shelters; and
- 960 were living in transitional, longer-term shelters with support services.
In an April 2018 report on Building a System of Care, Susan Price, Orange County‘s Director of Care Coordination, reported that there are now approximately 1080 emergency beds available for part of the year:
- 650 beds in the County’s three big emergency shelters – the Courtyard Transitional Center, the Bridges at Kramer Place and a SAFE Place at WISE Place for Women; and
- Another 430 when the emergency shelters at the armories in Fullerton and Santa Ana are open, typically late fall – mid-spring, but sometimes longer.
There are also some emergency beds in shelters operated by non-governmental organizations such as the Salvation Army.
On March 27, 2018, the League of Women Voters of Orange Coast convened a panel discussion of homelessness with presenters from one city and four organizations addressing homelessness in a variety of effective ways.
Click on each name to see the slides used for their presentations:
- Becks Heyhoe, Orange County United Way
- Madelynn Hirneise, Families Forward
- Heather Stratman, Association of California Cities of Orange County
- Tom Hatch, City of Costa Mesa
- Helen Cameron, Jamboree Housing
How you can help:
- United Way asks interested folks to sign their Proclamation on Homelessness and sign up for their newsletter at https://www.unitedtoendhomelessness.org/#proclamation (for the newsletter, check the box that says “Stay informed about the movements), and to follow them on social media for the most up-to-date information about all that’s going on with the initiative: Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube
- Families Forward invites us to get involved: https://www.families-forward.org/
- The Association of California Cities, Orange County has information on their advocacy on behalf of those experiencing homelessness at http://www.accoc.org/?s=homelessness
- The City of Costa Mesa offers information about their innovative programs to assist Costa Mesa residents experiencing homelessness at http://www.costamesaca.gov/city-hall/network-for-homeless-solutions
- Jamboree Housing invites us to Share the Conversation at https://www.jamboreehousing.com/results-develop-build-communities-help-people/resources/presentations-publications, where you can find further resources and follow them on social media.
- For general resource information about homelessness from the Orange County Continuum of Care program, go to the OC Care Coordination Home Website: http://www.ocgov.com/gov/ceo/care.
- For area-specific OC Care Coordination Documents, including pocket guide resource directories for the county, go to: http://www.ocgov.com/gov/ceo/care/docs