Newport Beach currently has some individuals who are experiencing homelessness that may be attributed to a number of causes, including trauma, a lack of affordable housing, unemployment, mental health and substance abuse issues or the onset of personal or financial situations that overtake their ability to maintain themselves or their family in stable housing.
In 2018, the City created a Homeless Census, which counted 86 homeless individuals living in Newport Beach. Using the results of the census as a guide, the City was able to take more action. The City deployed behavioral health outreach and engagement workers into the community at more frequent intervals and established a homeless outreach team including a Homeless Liaison Police Officer, a Homelessness Coordinator, along with various service providers working on outreach and engagement to assist in finding shelter. In addition, the City entered into a contract with City Net in March 2019, to provide direct engagement with the individuals experiencing homelessness, along with referrals and linkages to care and services.
During the January 2019 Point in Time Count, the County of Orange identified 6,860 homeless individuals countywide, with 64 of those individuals located in the City of Newport Beach.
In the most recent Homeless Census, conducted by the City in July 2021, there were 45 individuals experiencing homelessness in Newport Beach. While the homeless population fluctuates from week-to-week and month-to-month, the reduced number in 2021 (when compared to 2018) reflects the City's ongoing commitment to addressing this issue.
The County of Orange has divided the region into three Service Planning Areas (SPA): North, Central and South. Newport Beach was assigned to the Central Region. This SPA classification is important in that the City can only enter in region-wide partnerships with their fellow designated Central Region cities to provide shelter space.
The City is committed to providing resources and assistance to homeless individuals and establishing linkages with providers that will assist those individuals in securing permanent housing. To find out more click here.
Visit the Document and Resources page to view the full 2019 Orange County Point in Time Count Report, along with other information about homelessness in Orange County.