ADVOCACY EFFORTS

OUR ADVOCACY APPROACH

We have a pool of volunteers whom we call our “Canaries” – because, like a “Canary in a Mine” – their role is to give us an early warning of housing or homelessness issues being considered by a city. These volunteers monitor the agenda of planning commission and city council meetings and communicate with city staff to learn more about housing issues being considered by the city.


When we identify an issue that requires advocacy, we issue an Action Alert to our allies to make public comments either in writing or by speaking at city meetings.

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THE OUTCOMES WE PURSUE

  • Affordable housing for extremely low-income, very low-income, and low income individuals and families will be available in all South Orange County cities

  • 125 permanent supportive housing units in Lake Forest by 2025.

  • 700 permanent supportive housing units in South Orange County by 2035.

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The National Renaissance (National CORE) Mountain View project, which will include 71 affordable and permanent supportive housing units, is the first major development that Welcoming Neighbors Home volunteers advocated for.

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A Welcoming Neighbors Home member signs our public comment to the City of Lake Forest regarding their 6th Cycle Housing Element Update.

OUR ADVOCACY FOCUS

We focus on these South Orange County cities: Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, and Rancho Santa Margarita.

  • We advocate for a “housing first” policy – where people are first housed so that other matters can be better addressed.

  • We advocate for permanent supportive housing – because housing with wrap-around services have proven to be the most effective approach to ending homelessness.

  • We advocate for inclusionary housing policies/ordinances – requiring new developments to include affordable housing for people with extremely low, very low, and low incomes.

  • We monitor city housing element progress – with particular emphasis on site inventory parcels for new construction so we can advocate for the construction of extremely low, very low, and low income housing on those parcels.

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES

BECOME A CANARY (City Monitor)

Become a “Canary” and join us in monitoring the city council and planning commission agenda to give us an “early warning” of when a city is considering new housing developments. You will be provided with training so you will know what to look for.  If interested, fill out the form linked below.

BECOME A HOUSING ADVOCATE

Become an advocate by writing letters to elected officials and/or speaking at city council and Orange County Board of Supervisor meetings in support of affordable and supportive housing. We will provide training and notify you of advocacy opportunities.
If interested, fill out the form linked below.

Advocacy Resources

Below are examples of our advocacy work, and tools to help you build your own. For addition resources on homelessness and advocacy, visit the page linked here.

City Monitor and Advocate Resources

Alert forms, city contact information, and other resources can be found at the page linked below.

Housing Element Advocacy

To find recommendations for cities working on housing elements, resources for advocates reviewing housing elements, and previous examples of WNH's work, visit the site linked below.

Public Comment Tip Sheet

Making a public comment to a city council is one of the most impactful ways to  practice your advocacy. Below is a helpful guide to writing your comments.

GET INVOLVED!

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