As part of its on-going work in the area of homelessness, the Association of Orange County Cities (ACC-OC) staff invited members to join them on July 25 for the ACC-OC Continuum of Care Bus Tour.
This tour highlighted the different housing opportunities offered to homeless individuals, children, and families, and will focus on how cities and non-profits can work together to strengthen the different housing opportunities available to address homelessness in Orange County. During this interactive tour, participants had the the opportunity to visit emergency shelters, rapid re-housing sites, and permanent supportive housing developments that are meant to serve Orange County residents.
Highlights included the following facilities:
Jamboree Housing: Since 2003 Jamboree Housing has ensured that people are housed first. Jamboree often uses a coordinated entry method to house those most vulnerable. Projects included Jackson Aisle I, Midway City (29 permanent supportive housing studios); Rockwood, Anaheim (70 apartments for homeless families and mentally ill); Diamond, Anaheim (25 apartments persistent mental illness); Doria, Irvine. 134 workforce housing
Bridges at Kramer: Orange County's first year round homeless shelter and service center located in Anaheim. Phase one consists of 100 beds for single men and women with onsite centralized intake, assessment and crisis evaluation, transportation services, access to day time service providers, job referrals and housing navigation. Phase two opens in summer 2018. A bed reservation system exists and there are no walk-up participants.
The Family Care Center : This will be the first new facility in Orange County developed under the provision of SB2 which requires cities to modify their General Plan Housing Element to encourage housing with minimal support services for people in need. It is located within a light industrial area in the City of Orange and is close to public transportation and the Orange Police Department. It is only open to families and there is a 45 day maximum stay within a 120 day period. All participants must have ties to the Orange area.
: Founded in 1984, Families Forward exists to help families in need achieve self-sufficiency through housing, food, and other support services. Families Forward’s Housing Program is designed to help families who have recently faced a crisis that left them homeless. Families Forward helps these families get back on their feet by providing housing, counseling, career coaching, life-skills training, and referral services. Families enrolled in the program may receive rental subsidies to give them time to regain their self-sufficiency. Length of stay in the Housing Program varies from family to family.
Through partnerships with local apartment communities and access to Families Forward’s housing resources, families who have lost their housing are able to access rental housing.