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What is the City doing about homelessness?

The City has allocated significant resources to address homelessness including a dedicated, full-time police officer assigned to the matter, working closely with the County of Orange Health Care Agency's case management staff, and contracting with CityNet to provide homeless outreach services. Working with our homeless neighbors is on a case-by-case basis, as each individual's needs are different.

Staff and our contracted resource providers work to get to know the individual to see if we can get them into eligible services such as housing, rehabilitation, medical treatment and more. It is important to note that most individuals do not accept assistance right away, therefore multiple visits can be required before we gain an individual's trust to speak with us and to let us help them work toward a solution. 

Recently, the City Council formed a Homeless Task Force, consisting of council members and community members, to develop a plan to reduce or eliminate homelessness. The task force is brainstorming on strategies to integrate services, developing a list of community partners willing to provide assistance, reviewing and considering temporary housing solutions, and developing metrics to monitor the reduction of homelessness. Task force meetings are open to the public. If you have ideas for solving the homeless issue, please consider attending. 

Have questions?

The City has compiled some frequently asked questions about homelessness.

Homelessness by the numbers

Newport Beach has some individuals who currently are experiencing homelessness due to a lack of affordable housing, employment, health and mental services or have experienced life-changing events. During the April 2019 Point in Time Count, the below demographic information was documented.

County of Orange, Everyone Counts April 2019 Point in Time Summary

By the Numbers   
  • Total Orange County (OC) Homeless Population 
    • North OC*
    • Central OC*^
    • South OC*
  • 6,860 
  • 2,765
  • 3,332
  • 763
Subpopulations   
  • Veterans: Individuals who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves 
  • Transitional Aged Youth: Individuals ages 18 to 24
  • Seniors: Individuals ages 62 and older
  • 311 
  • 271
  • 677
Sheltered / Unsheltered Individuals   
  • Sheltered
    • North OC
    • Central OC
    • South OC
    • Veterans
    • Transitional Aged Youth
    • Seniors

     

  • Unsheltered
    • North OC
    • Central OC
    • South OC
    • Veterans
    • Transitional Aged Youth
    • Seniors
  • 2,899
  • 1,169
  • 1,505
  • 225
  • 99
  • 117
  • 255

 

  • 3,961
  • 1,596
  • 1,827
  • 538
  • 212
  • 154
  • 422
Community Ties - Unsheltered Adults  
  • City of last permanent address (individuals in Central OC)
  • City where most time spent while homeless (individuals in Central OC)
  • Individuals that have family in OC
  • Individuals attending or have attended school in OC
  • Individuals currently working or have worked in OC
  • 682 (32%)
  • 900 (42%)
  • 1,108 (51.63%)
  • 1,110 (51.72%)
  • 1,547 (72.08%)
  • *North OC includes Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, LaHabra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Orange, Placentia, Staton, VIlla Park, Yorba Linda, County Unincorporated.
  • *Central OC includes Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Tustin Westminster, County Unincorporated.
  • *South OC includes Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, County Unincorporated.

 

^Central OC April 2019 City-by-City Count

City Unsheltered Sheltered Total
Costa Mesa  187 6 193 
Fountain Valley  28 14 42 
Garden Grove  163 62 225 
Huntington Beach   289 60 349
Newport Beach 64 0 64
Santa Ana  830  939 1,769
Seal Beach  8 0 8
Tustin 95 264 359
Westminster 159 25 184
County Unincorporated 4 31 35
Domestic Violence Programs N/A 104 104
Central Service Planning Area  1,827 1,505 3,332

 

Documents and Resources

What is homelessness?

The federal government defines "homelessness" as a condition in which an individual or family lacks a fixed, regular, nighttime residence; resides in a public or private residence that is not designed or intended to be a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; lives in a supervised shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements; and/or is at imminent risk of loosing their housing and has no subsequent residence identified or resources to obtain other permanent housing.

There are multiple "types" of homelessness, the most common include the following:

  • Short Term: Those who have fallen on hard times financially and have been bumped out of housing. They have no major issues but are scrambling to find new housing arrangements in a short time span.
  • Medium Term: Those who have one major issue (mental illness, substance abuse, health problems, legal problems), but are able to get back on their feet within a year, working through the major life challenge.
  • Chronic: Those who have multiple major issues (a combinations of mental illness, substance abuse, health problems, legal problems) and find themselves homeless for more than a year, sometimes taking several years to work through the multiple life challenges. The federal government estimates that 10 percent of the national homeless population fall into this category.

Homelessness is a very unique form of poverty, one that lacks personal relationships and financial resources.These individuals typically have no one to turn to for shelter or assistance. They are individuals who have gone through difficult experiences and need help getting back on their feet. 

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