United to End Homelessness Honors Diverse Unsung Heroes

United to End Homelessness Honors Diverse Unsung Heroes It takes a community of people working together to end homelessness, and the work is hard. Around Orange County, there are hundreds of people working diligently to ensure our homeless neighbors are seen, sheltered, connected, and housed.  This year we introduced our inaugural Unsung Hero of the […]

Myth #8: Homelessness Can Be Solved If We Relocate Everyone Out of Orange County

Myth #8: Homelessness Can Be Solved If We Relocate Everyone Out of Orange County Authored by David Gillanders, Executive Director, Pathways of Hope Across the nation, many communities have made significant strides in ending homelessness. Utah reduced their homelessness by 91 percent in over a decade, Central Florida reduced homelessness in their community by 50 percent […]

Myth #7: It’s Not Possible to End Veteran Homelessness

Myth #7: It’s Not Possible to End Veteran Homelessness Author: Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris, AD-74 Every year, Orange County conducts the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count. It’s a process where organizations and volunteers team up to ensure the homeless in our county are counted – allowing for a better understanding of how resources and federal funding can […]

Myth #6: Solving Homelessness Is Too Expensive

Myth #6: Solving Homelessness Is Too Expensive Author: David A. Snow, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UCI Department of Sociology   In 2017, I co-authored, with my colleague Dr. Rachel Goldberg, a report called “Homelessness in Orange County: The Costs to Our Community”. This report looked at how much homelessness costs our community, and how the money […]

Myth #5: Homelessness Isn’t My Problem

Myth#5: Homelessness Isn’t My Problem Author: Brian Peterson, Founder, Faces of Santa Ana So often you hear the words, “Homelessness isn’t my problem.” In my experience, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Four years ago, my wife Vanessa and I moved to Santa Ana with a mission in loving our neighbors unconditionally and sacrificially. […]

Myth #4: Emergency Shelters Are All That’s Needed to Address Homelessness

Myth #4: Emergency Shelters Are All That’s Needed to Address Homelessness Author: Steve Berg, Vice President for Programs & Policy, National Alliance to End Homelessness This article was originally published on July 9th, 2018. The original post can be found here. To Address Unsheltered Homelessness, Shelter and Housing Must Be Connected Quickly getting people into […]

Myth #3: People Are Coming from Other Places To Be Homeless in Orange County

Myth #3: People Are Coming from Other Places To Be Homeless in Orange County Author: Andrae Bailey, Founder & President, Lead Homelessness I work with communities all over the United States to help them address homelessness. In my work, I often encounter people assuming that those who are homeless in their community are actually from […]

Myth #2: People Choose To Be Homeless and Most Decline Services When Offered

Myth #2: People Choose To Be Homeless and Most Decline Services When Offered Author: Chelsea Bowers, Director of Public Affairs, City Net There is a common myth made by society that people choose to be homeless. This misconception causes us to look at homelessness without empathy, and allows others to ignore the trauma of homelessness. […]

Myth #1: Most Homeless People Are Either Mentally Ill or Have a Substance Use Disorder

Myth #1: Most Homeless People Are Either Mentally Ill or Have a Substance Use Disorder Author: Brateil Aghasi, Executive Director, WISEPlace There are a lot of assumptions surrounding the topic of “why people become homeless”, especially here in Orange County. While discussing this topic, I often hear people cite mental illness or substance use disorders […]

Serving those who Served: Making a Difference in the Lives of Our Veterans

Serving those who Served: Making a Difference in the Lives of Our Veterans No veteran should be without a place to call home. The brave men and women who served so selflessly and courageously to protect the freedoms and futures of all Americans have carried a heavy and honorable burden, and our country owes them […]