BENEFITING: Orange County United Way
Despite the stereotype, the majority of those at risk of homelessness are not individuals permanently living on the streets. Often, they are single parents barely making ends meet who move in with multiple families in overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions or families living in a motel.
In Orange County we have nearly 30,000 kids who are living in these kinds of housing insecure situations!
One strategy Orange County United Way has deployed is called Rapid Re-Housing, this is a systematic method that places families in permanent home environments with appropriate case management services and support, as opposed to transitional or temporary housing. Organizations including, Mercy House, Families Forward, Project Hope Alliance, Serving People in Need (SPIN) and Pathways of Hope take families in unstable living environments and help transfer them into permanent housing. The success rate is powerful and the key difference is that when a family completes the program, they’re home and their children don’t have to move from school to school.
In 2014, collectively these organizations permanently housed 1,182 families! However, there is still work to be done...