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"
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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?
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
This is most often the case when it comes to understanding homelessness.
For many persons experiencing homelessness, suffering from life on the street is just the beginning of their hardship. They are often also subjected to alienation and discrimination by mainstream society. Stereotypes spring from myths and misconceptions that need to be re-examined with a focus on the facts.
Merely understanding the truth about homelessness and the people who become homeless often opens the door to create a community of people willing to help their fellow neighbors who happen to be experiencing homelessness.
Myths and stereotypes can be challenged by facts and broken down by those willing to take a fresh look at what they thought they knew. The following are some common homelessness myths, along with the facts that challenge them.
The myths about homelessness that you will find in my article came to me after conducting research of more than 2,000 individual comments from the public comments sections of the online edition of the Orange County Register. Common misconceptions regarding homelessness were sampled from more than 300 persons that contributed to the comments section of approximately 75 articles between February and September 2017. From the data gathered I was able to extract 30 of the top "myths" locally regarding homelessness. Note: These myths are not arranged in any particular order by frequency or popularity. Read More Here.
This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues. Additionally, Housing First is based on the theory that client choice is valuable in housing selection and supportive service participation, and that exercising that choice is likely to make a client more successful in remaining housed and improving their life. Read more here.
The event is organized by Tim Houchen, Executive Director of Hope 4 Restoration. "The idea to add the veterans tribute to the (homeless memorial) program is in response to the high number of unsheltered vets that remain unsheltered despite the Federal goal of ending all veteran homelessness by the end of 2016," said Houchen. "At the last count we still had over 350 vets living outdoors in Orange County. Unfortunately, many of them are extremely vulnerable and at-risk of death from exposure-related ailments."
Earlier this year when discussion of of a veterans cemetery coming to The Great Park in Irvine seemed to flourish, Houchen cherished the idea that homeless vets might finally be laid to rest there with full military honors in the next few years. "Until then, we will honor them as part of our memorial service during the Homeless Persons' Memorial Day program," he added.
For more information regarding Homeless Persons' Memorial Day click here.
December 21, 2017
National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day
Four Events and Four Ways to Show Your Support
Please join us as we honor with dignity and respect, the lives of people in our communities that died without permanent places to live and help the least
fortunate members of our community to mourn the loss of their
friends and loved-ones.
We have created four events to take place on this day in order to
provide a greater opportunity for you to participate.
Please consider attending one or more of these activities and stand with us
in support of solutions to end homelessness in our communities.
Please click here to see a schedule of events, descriptions, locations,
times and maps!
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
Things You Need to Know
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