Visible Homelessness is On The Rise
California is in the midst of a crisis: not only a homeless crisis, but a housing crisis. In September of 2015, The City of Los Angeles declared a "state of emergency" to address the city's homeless population, the largest in the United States.
The homeless population in Orange County has increased steadily over the past few years, between 8% and 15% since 2015.
We must look for solutions that use our resources more effectively and efficiently. The solutions must be urgent and proportionate to the need.
Providing the homeless with permanent supportive housing is the only solution proven to successfully end homelessness.
This website will provide ways for you to become a stronger advocate for ending homelessness. It is a cause worthy of your participation.
"The Longest Night"
"Don't be part of the problem, by not being a part of the solution"
Be Informed... Get Educated... Take Action!
California's Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities
Opening Doors to Homes For All: 2016 Housing Trust Fund Survey Report
Public Housing Agencies and Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically
Alternatives to Unsanctioned Homeless Encampments
Orange County Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness
No Rest For The Weary: Why Cities Should Embrace Homeless Encampments
Searching Out Solutions: Constructive alternatives to the Criminalization of Homelessness
Orange County Renters in Crisis 2017
Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
Coalition for the Homeless: State of the Homeless 2017
Orange County, CA
Home of Disneyland, Major League Baseball's Angels, NHL Hockey's Anaheim Ducks and the
U.S. Open of Surfing in "Surf City" Huntington Beach, CA
Five cities in Orange County are in the top twenty wealthiest in America. There are more than 100,000 people living here that earn $200,000 or more per year making it the fourth wealthiest county in the nation. There are more than 3,000 unsheltered homeless persons' here ranking the county at 11th in the nation among large cities and counties. How is this even possible?
Orange County Supervisor Asked To Step Down From Post On County Commission to End Homelessness After "Homeless Crack Houses"
Comment is Caught On Tape
Garden Grove, CA - First District Supervisor and Vice-Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Andrew Do, doesn't support the "Housing First" model for ending homelessness in our county and he was caught on video recently telling his constituents why.
In all fairness to the many homeless people throughout the county, the Supervisors comments are an unqualified assumption based on the fact that the BOS has done little if nothing at all to provide the Permanent Supportive Housing necessary for ending homelessness.. When this is taken into consideration, Do's comments are just a lame excuse for not taking action to provide housing for the homeless in the first place.
Besides, OC doesn't need a "new system of care" for the homeless. The County already has a "Ten-Year plan to End Homelessness" that the BOS adopted in 2010. The plan is based on the housing first model, a pre-requisite for more than $250M in Federal aid for homelessness that the county has received over the past twenty years.
A 2016 study found that the County was far behind meeting its commitment to execute its own Ten-Year Plan. Which might explain why Do and his colleagues on the BOS have been back-peddling from the plan for several years.
In addition to defaming homeless persons, adding insult to injury, Andrew Do also occupies a seat on the Orange County Commission to end Homelessness (C2eH). The C2eH is a Board that acts as part of the structure of governance that oversees the applications for and disbursement of Federal grant funding for housing and other homeless services within our County Continuum of Care (CoC). To say that Do's remarks indicate a conflict of interest would be an understatement. There is a internet petition demanding his resignation from the C2eH. Find it here!
There may also be further repercussions from Do's reckless comments regarding housing first and homeless crack houses. Read about it in my recent Orange Juice Blog article.
Homeless Documents Library
We have created a tremendous resource for information regarding homelessness. Our library consists of more than 100,000 pages of critical data making it the
"tool of choice" for many homeless advocates. Studies, reports, surveys, it's all there for you to use. Up-to-date statistics and best-practices for ending homelessness including de-criminalization of homelessness and information regarding affordable housing, housing trust funds, inclusionary zoning, bond measures, ballot initiatives, etc. It's all there for you to use and share.
Take a trip to the library!
December 21, 2017
National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day
"The Longest Night"
Even if you are only able to spend a few hours every year making the life of a homeless person just a little brighter, please make sure you do it on this day!
Please click here to find out more
See an archived webinar that explains the history and purpose of
National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day
Nowhere to Live: The Homeless Crisis in Orange County and How to End it
An Assessment of Homeless Services in Orange County
OC Public Works
Impacts of the Homeless
on Regional Flood
Orange County Voters Survey 2017
Restoration With a Purpose
Hope4Restoration will promote strategies that provide solutions for ending homelessness
in Orange County. We are faithfully committed to identifying and meeting the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our communities.We are equally dedicated to reducing the elements of visible homelessness that currently impact our communities.
Surveys, Studies, Reports
Links That Make Sense
Links to Government Info
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