ACC-OC has been working in partnership with the County of Orange and others to develop an Orange County Housing Trust (OCHT). In May, AB 448 was introduced by Assembly members Daly and Quirk-Silva. This legislation, co-authored by Senators Moorlach, Bates, and Nguyen, will create a JPA that acts as a financial and funding vehicle for homelessness solutions – including but not limited to the planning and construction of permanent supportive housing, affordable housing/workforce housing, crisis stabilization units, mental and physical health facilities, rapid re-housing and emergency beds. The OCHT will have the ability to receive both public and private funding, bond against those funds, utilize tax credits, and service debt. It would not act as a regulator of land use, an owner or operator of housing units, or as a substitute for local control.
The OC Grand Jury recently released a report that explains the dire homelessness situation and suggests the creation of a regional, collaborative body that can maximize resources to meet the county’s needs. Read the Grand Jury’s report here.
In 2017, UCI in collaboration with Orange County United Way and Jamboree conducted a year-long study on the cost of homelessness to Orange County. The thorough and meticulously researched study goes a long way to dispel many of the misconceptions about the homeless population. It also demonstrates that the cost to taxpayers is nearly $300 million each year. Read this informative study here.
If your organization wishes to support AB 448 you can find a sample support letter by clicking here. If you have any questions please reach out to Kelsey Brewer, Legislative Affairs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Homelessness Task Force
The Homelessness Task Force brings together a countywide coalition of Orange County cities, the County of Orange, service providers, advocates, faith-based organizations, civic organizations, businesses, non-profits, and individuals working to end homelessness. The task force identifies and defines solutions to the structural and fundamental issues related to homelessness facing cities throughout the county. In addition to county-wide issues the Homelessness Task Force also focuses on sub-regional issues and policy solutions. This Task Force meets once a quarter.