The City of Santa Ana has a long history of providing services to alleviate and prevent homelessness for Santa Ana individuals and families. When seeking solutions to homelessness, the City considers both the immediate crisis in our community as well as the on-going need for permanent solutions.
Each year, the City awards approximately $450,000 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to non-profit homeless service providers for Street Outreach, Rapid Re-Housing, Shelter and Homelessness Prevention services. In 2016-2017, approximately 1,170 individuals experiencing homelessness received assistance through the Emergency Solutions Grant program.
The Santa Ana Police Department along with non-profit partners provide outreach and engagement services in the Civic Center and other locations throughout the City to assist individuals in locating resources and housing. The Santa Ana Police Department HEART program focuses exclusively on homeless issues, addressing the problem in its entirety by way of immediate needs and long-term effects.