United to End Homelessness, empowered by Orange County United Way, is a powerful collaboration between Orange County’s top business, philanthropic, governmental, faith-based, and non-profit leaders. We are working together to create long-term supportive housing for those most in need in order to end homelessness in Orange County.
A key component of United to End Homelessness is the Housing Champions Advocacy Network, which is a network of advocates who fight for affordable and permanent supportive homes as best practice solutions that are needed in our community.
How Are Housing Champions Making a Difference?
Housing Champions are volunteer citizen advocates in cities across Orange County proactively engaging with their elected and appointed leaders to ensure that every community is doing its best to develop more affordable and permanent supportive housing for all. Housing Champions live, work, worship, send their children to school, and shop in the communities in which they advocate for housing solutions for homelessness. They provide a consistent, clear, positive voice and support for local elected officials to make courageous decisions greenlighting more of these homes in their communities.
What is the Housing Champions’ Mission?
To change the perceptions of permanent supportive housing and affordable homes among local policymakers and residents, and proactively provide, through city-based citizen advocates, support for fast-tracking approval of more homes for all.
What is the Housing Champions’ Vision?
Orange County is a place where the vital conditions of well-being are available through the provision of affordable and permanent supportive homes for all residents.
Housing Champions Training Classes
The Housing Champions Advocacy Network acts by identifying, training, mobilizing, and activating local citizen Housing Champion advocates in every city in Orange County. We do this via our Housing Champions Advocacy 101 training sessions. These sessions are led by Tim Shaw, former Executive Director of the Orange County Homeless Issues Task Force.
Our training classes teach you:
The difference between project-, policy-, and issue-based advocacy, and how to organize around each.
The housing development process and how you can help move it toward approval.
Training Sessions Calendar
Advocacy 101 Training FAQs
Resources to Learn More
If you are interested in learning more, please check out these resources: