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Homelessness

Information 

Use the resources and information below to inform your advocacy efforts and to learn more about homelessness and housing issues. Click on the link below to sign up for notices about advocacy and service opportunities, and  informational events.

Orange County Specific Information

2019 Point in Time Count

The 2019 Point in Time Count was an effort by the County of Orange, City Net, 211 OC, and other service providers to count the number of people without homes in Orange County. 

Homelessness Myths

United to End Homelessness debunks eight of the most prominent myths concerning those without homes.

Kennedy Commission

The Kennedy Commission works to advocate for extremely low income individuals in Orange County by increasing the amount of affordable housing available. They have a number or resources and further information available on their website.

History of Affordable Housing in OC

To view the talk "How the H--- did we get here? Affordable housing in Orange County" by Maya Dunne, Mary Ann Gaido and Cesar Covarrubias, click the link below.

Emeritus Institute on Homelessness

To view the Emeritus Institute Dorothy Marie Lowry Distinguished Guest Lecture "Can Your City (and Mine) Solve Homelessness" by David Kiff click on the link below.

The UCI Cost Study

This study was a joint effort by Orange County United Way, Jamboree, and the University of California, Irvine, to calculate the cost of homelessness to communities, as well as the cost of housing solutions.

United to End Homelessness

United to End Homelessness has a number of informative resources on homelessness in Orange County.

Housing is a Human Right OC

Housing is a Human Right Orange County has a number of different resources to learn more about homelessness and housing first solutions. 

YIMBY Resources on Housing Elements

The YIMBY, or Yes in My Backyard action network has a variety of resources on homelessness and housing advocacy. Below is their presentation "What is a Housing Element," which outlines the basic terminology with and approaches to housing advocacy .

State and National Information

Regional Housing Needs Assessment

The state of California requires that cities plan to meet the housing needs of all of their citizens. As a result, they give RHNA numbers to each city to outline the housing that must be planned for the future.

National Homelessness Statistics

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty put together a comprehensive fact sheet on the number of people without homes across the nation, the demographics of those people, and the causes of their homelessness.

More California Homelessness Statistics

The Public Policy Institute of California provides a snapshot of the growing issue of homelessness in California.

Public Comment Tips

Join us in making public comments to city councils and other elected officials.  Here is a tip sheet on how to write your comments

Permanent Supportive Housing Study

A 2017 study by the RAND corporation showed that Housing for Health, a housing first approach to homelessness taking place in LA, actually reduced the county's spending on homelessness by 20% through permanent supportive housing.

California Homelessness Statistics

The National Alliance to End Homelessness has a number of resources with information on homelessness in the nation and specific fact sheets for states, including California.

Martin v. Boise Court Case

In 2019, the court case Martin v. Boise established that people without homes can not be punished for sleeping in public when no alternative shelter is provided. This was a landmark case for homelessness advocacy, and it is still changing the way cities react to homelessness.

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