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About homelessness

Homelessness is a complex, regional issue that affects all of Orange County, the State of California, and cities across the U.S. There are several root causes of homelessness--and we are doing our part to address homelessness to ensure a better quality of life for all of our residents. We're working diligently with our partners through the Orange County Continuum of Care to end homelessness in Orange County, including Santa Ana.

Orange County Continuum of Care (CoC)

Experts and practitioners alike recognize that homelessness is a regional issue that doesn’t merely fall upon one particular community to solve. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) initiated Continuums of Care, which span all 50 states and 6 U.S. territories. Indeed, California cities are disproportionately affected by homelessness. According to a report issued by the California State Auditor, in 2017 California had 22 percent of the U.S. homeless population—which contrasts with California’s residents making up only 12 percent of the U.S. population.

Four-Point Homeless Strategic Plan

To guide our efforts to address homelessness, the City of Santa Ana established the four-point Homeless Strategic Plan. It is organized around the following four core strategies:

  1. Clean: Reduce negative impacts to community to ensure Santa Ana is clean and safe.
  2. Outreach: Be persistent in our contact with anyone experiencing homelessness.
  3. Housing: Reduce the number of Santa Ana’s unsheltered homeless.
  4. Communication: Have an engaged and informed community regarding homelessness and homeless solutions.
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