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Are you or your loved ones suffering from homelessness?
Contact 211 OC and ask about the Homeless Families Count and find out how and where to participate. By participating in this assessment you will be providing important information on how to help you best. This information can help end homelessness for other families in the future. Throughout Orange County from May 23rd to 25th vital information will be collected from you. Resources and assistance will be given out at the assessment sites during the week of the count.
Dial 2-1-1 and ask about the Homeless Families Count today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What is the purpose of the Orange County Homeless Families Count!?
A: Homeless Families Count! is an effort to learn the level of homelessness in our community and the need for services for family’s experiencing homelessness on a given night in Orange County. It captures a snapshot of those who are "unsheltered"--sleeping outside, in a car or abandoned building--on a given night. In combination with the One Night Shelter Count, which was conducted in January 2017. Homeless Families Count! is led by a combined effort of the County, 211OC and a group of non-profit organizations—named the A2 Family cohort. The A2 Family cohort is comprised of non-profit organizations that all work directly with homeless families in Orange County and are fully committed to ending homelessness for families!
Q: Who can be assessed?
A: Homeless Families Count! focuses on families who are unsheltered and sleeping in a place that is not intended for human habitation. This includes streets, sidewalks, parks, alleys, transportation depots or other parts of transportation systems, all-night commercial establishments (e.g. movie theaters, laundromats, restaurants), abandoned buildings, farm outbuildings, caves, campgrounds, vehicles (e.g. cars, trucks, RVs, trailers), and other similar places. Per the federal government’s requirements Homeless Families Count! cannot assess people who are in shelter or transitional housing, or who are couch surfing or doubled up with family or friends.
Q: What should families bring to the assessment?
A: If possible, families should bring the following with them when getting assessed:
- Proof of income
- Proof of disability (if applicable)
- ID/SS for all adults
- SS and Birth Certificate for kids
Families do not have to be documented to get assessed.
Q: When is the Orange County Family Assessment Week?
A: Orange County’s Homeless Families Count! was held on May 23rd, 24th and 25th.
Q: What geographic areas does the Homeless Families Count! cover?
A: Several locations were established throughout the North, Central, and South Regions of Orange County on May 23rd - 25th. Currently, families can contact 211OC or a their local homeless providers for assessments and services.
Q: Why does A2 Family Cohort need a Homeless Families Count!?
A: Communities cannot conduct a comprehensive Homeless program without understanding who it’s serving and their various needs. The data collected from the assessment week will also help the City, County and other nonprofit partners plan for the funding and services needed to meet the needs of homeless families in our community. In addition, by enabling us to better understand the demographics and needs of those experiencing homelessness in our community, an accurate count helps to ensure a more equitable distribution of resources to meet the needs of the different populations.
Q: What is the difference between the count held in late January and this Homeless Families Count! event?
A: The One Night Shelter Count occurs at the end of January as mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It includes counting the number of families and single adults experiencing homelessness. However, this Homeless Families Count event only assesses families during the month of May and is led by a group of non-profit organizations—named the A2 Family cohort.
Assessment sites and Volunteers will be needed for the execution of homeless families count!
June 2, 2017 Community Briefing: 9am - 11am Costa Mesa City Council Chambers
To find the closest Assessment Site or to find more resources, please call 2-1-1, or go to the 2-1-1 Website for more information.