TODAY (Aug. 12): Special Commission to End Homeless Meeting

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There will be a special meeting of the county’s Commission to End Homelessness this afternoon at 1 p.m.  The agenda shows the 19-member commission will act on the amendments to their bylaws, two litigation settlements, and the 2019 Everyone Counts final report. The commission will also discuss Be Well OC and get updates from its ad hoc chairs.

The Everyone Counts report came in on July 30. Here are just a few of its findings:

A total of 6,860 individuals were counted as experiencing unsheltered and sheltered homelessness during the Orange County 2019 Point In Time Count

3,961 or 57.74 percent of individuals were experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

2,899 or 42.26 percent of individuals were sheltered in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.

466 unsheltered and sheltered families that consisted of 1,550 persons – 584 adults and 966 children – were counted countywide.

70 or over half (63.63 percent) of the 110 unsheltered families were living in a vehicle (car, van, truck or recreational vehicle in disrepair).

275 transitional age youth [aged 18-24] were counted as experiencing homelessness countywide.

Nearly half (44.7 percent) of the transitional age youth identified as Hispanic or Latino.

311 unsheltered and sheltered veterans were counted countywide. Nearly one-third (31.83 percent) were sheltered. More than two-thirds (68.17 percent) were unsheltered.

Blacks or African Americans and Multiple Races are overly represented in Orange County’s homeless population. Hispanic and Latino families experiencing homelessness are over represented in the Orange County’s homeless population.

  • On the night of the 2019 Housing Inventory Chart sheltered Point in Time Count was conducted, 738 emergency shelter and transitional housing beds remained vacant.

Click here to view the agenda and all the documents related to the meeting. The meeting will take place at the Orange County Transportation Headquarters, Conference Room 07-08. The address is 550 S. Main St., Orange.

Anthony Pignataro has been a journalist since 1996. He spent a dozen years as Editor of MauiTime, the last alt weekly in Hawaii. He also wrote three trashy novels about Maui, which were published by Event Horizon Press. But he got his start at OC Weekly, and returned to the paper in 2019 as a Staff Writer.

2 Replies to “TODAY (Aug. 12): Special Commission to End Homeless Meeting”

  1. I myself 63yo notice on any& most comments made regarding homeless are
    negative -the only people who make these comments are the ones who
    have never experienced it for themselves, I myself have worked for
    more than 44yrs mostly in Orange County ,I do NOT do drugs/alcohol nor
    do I have any type of criminal record -BUT I find myself homeless due
    to Personal & Corporate Greed an selfishness brought on by High Rent
    Prices ,when people pay these exuberant rent prices they do Not
    realize that you are giving these property owners a Stamp seal of
    approval on Jacking-up as high as they can in order for them to make a
    so called Profit >ITS Called >GREED! I myself am Not Stupid to give
    inn to those {I wish more people had the Courage to do this}But -MOST
    PEOLPLE say >I HAVE TO HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE I have No Choice but to
    give in to the idiots that create high rent prices, those who are
    homeless and do these Bad behavior issues are giving me a bad image- i
    myself am being punished by those who criticize homeless-ness, anyone
    who is homeless is branded a >Druggie-alcoholic-mentally incapacitated
    or worse a Criminal>NOT TRUE! REMEBER!! DO Not JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS
    COVER, CMON PEOPLE -Wake-Up an take a stand for what is right an stop
    thinking your better than me!
    PS; How about doin a report / commentary {if you got the courage} on
    peoples Greed an personal selfishness as they are the reason and
    cause of homeless-ness by paying these exuberant high mortgage cost
    /taxes and charging as much as they want -*thinking they are goin to
    make a profit {todays society is all about money & material things wat
    a shame!} this is happening across this country , it sickens me to
    hear people are worried about there property value if even 1person
    being homeless in there neighborhood-they better expect it to happen
    when they are given in to Greed or they are stupid and blind-sided by
    there own greed ,its only gonna get worse as we have an influx of
    Illegal Migrants-immigrant’s-refugees and now influx of Caravans from
    central America -so hold on to your tail and get ready for rent prices
    to sky-rocket even higher and more American citizens to go homeless an
    longer lines-more traffic congestion and more Babies being pumped-out
    ,what bothers me even more is when the police harass the homeless
    telling us we have to move-on >WHERE? they are puppets of city council
    or county commissioners ,where do the police think we are just gonna
    magically disappear or do they wish-encourage us to commit suicide-for
    most of us that’s NOT gonna happen,

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