A Regional Approach

As homelessness has spiked over the last several years, it has become evident that a regional plan and collaborative approach to coordinate local responses has become even more important. The city currently partners with local nonprofits, neighboring cities and the County to reduce and address homelessness. Santa Ana staff take every opportunity to participate in regional efforts and to participate in Countywide boards and organizations.

Homelessness in 2019

Location Estimates
State of California 150,000*
Los Angeles County, CA 56,257
San Diego County, CA 8,102
Orange County, CA 6,860
Santa Ana, CA 1,769

Source: 2019 Hub for Urban Initiatives

*estimated to be between 149,000 and 155,000

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

Since 1998 the County of Orange has coordinated a comprehensive regional Continuum of Care (CoC) strategy that includes the participation of all thirty-four cities in Orange County, County Agencies, the County’s homeless service providers, and other community groups (including non-profits, local governmental agencies, faith-based organizations, the homeless and formerly homeless, interested business leaders, schools, and many other stakeholders) to identify the gaps and unmet needs of the County’s homeless. For the past several years, leadership and coordination of Orange County’s Continuum of Care planning process has been the shared responsibility of 2-1-1 Orange County and Housing and Community Development and Homeless Prevention. This public - nonprofit partnership helps ensure comprehensive, regional coordination of efforts and resources to reduce the number of homeless and persons at risk of homelessness throughout Orange County. This group serves as the regional convener of the year-round CoC planning process and as a catalyst for the involvement of the public and private agencies that make-up the regional homeless system of care.

In previous years, the City of Santa Ana held a seat on the Commission to end homelessness. Recently, the city was appointed to the Continuum of Care Governing Board.