Explore Homelessness

Explore Homelessness


Solutions for the Homeless

Child's Drawing No Place to Sleep

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.

Press Release from the OC BOS

07/31/2019 05:33 PM PDT: The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday finalized the County's strategy to end veteran homelessness by December 2020, directing County staff to contract with a housing navigator to assist veterans in their search for housing.  
In response to this announcement, Mary Ann Gaido, Coast's Observer for the OC Housing Finance Trust, who has vast experience with housing and land use policy due to her years on the Irvine City Council and the City of Irvine's Planning Commission, among other things, stated "A navigator to help folks find housing is the way to success.  In my experience, groups with navigators usually get into subsidized housing, while other poor people run into roadblocks and give up."

OC Homelessness Settlement

Orange County Reaches “Landmark” Settlement on Homeless Encampments
7/30/2019: Orange County ends battle over homeless encampments with a settlement that may serve as a model for cities.

Point in Time Count

See the most recent official count of homeless people in Orange County, the 2019 OC Point in Time Homeless Count.  

Some More Resources on Homelessness in Orange County:

2018 Report: Building a System of Care

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.

2018 LWV of Orange Coast Panel Discussion

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:

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