HomeAid Orange County was created in 1989 by the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Orange County Chapter. HomeAid is the only community based organization that has successfully completed 60 building and renovating development projects throughout Orange County, as well as across the entire homeless Continuum of Care spectrum, providing facilities that range from emergency shelters, to transitional/bridge housing, to permanent supportive housing. These projects have successfully transformed over 60,000 lives in this time. (Download HomeAid's 2017 Fact Sheet)
For 28 years, HomeAid has been the nonprofit helping other nonprofits by working in partnership with service providers (see list below) to assist the homeless as they move toward self-sufficiency through programs that include, but are not limited to, education, job skills training and physical and emotional support. HomeAid's unique programs and services allow service providers to significantly grow in their organizational capacity and build successful programs that transform people's lives.
HomeAid's vision to end homelessness starts at the core – where does someone go when they suddenly find themselves without a home? When the crisis of becoming suddenly homeless occurs, HomeAid's purpose is to ensure that housing is available throughout the community and families have an immediate safety net where they can find resources and the assistance needed to get back on their feet. By strategically developing what is needed most in Orange County to serve those in need, HomeAid is able to move towards the goal of ending homelessness, one person and one family at a time.
HomeAid's mission to end homeless through development, service and advocacy supports homeless families and individuals in rebuilding their lives. Orange County, one of the wealthiest in the nation, has shockingly limited choices for emergency housing. HomeAid is addressing this issue with immediate housing and support services to serve those whose circumstances have left them hopeless. HomeAid will know it has been successful when families and individuals that suddenly find themselves without a place to sleep at night, no matter what time a year, have a place go. And it all starts with emergency shelters.
HomeAid is focusing its development efforts on emergency housing and improving the efficacy of Orange County's emergency shelters. Selected by the Orange County Children and Families Commission as the fiscal agent for the Orange County Catalytic Investment Fund designed to address the lack of emergency shelter, HomeAid is leading efforts to create a minimum of 70 emergency shelter units available for families in need of immediate housing.
HomeAid's service programs include HomeAid Cares, Essentials, Awareness Activities, and CareKits. Care projects maintain existing developments that serve the homeless. Essentials is a community effort to collect baby products such as diapers for homeless mothers and babies.
In 2016, over 1,500,000 diapers and other essentials items were collected to help homeless pregnant mothers. Annually, thousands of CareKits with items such as soap, toothpaste and resource cards are assembled and distributed to the homeless living on the streets. Each November, HomeAid presents the community with 30 Ways in 30 Days to become engaged through Homeless Awareness Month. #AreYouAware
"Homelessness is a complex problem, fraught with many associated challenges and variables. But for all of its complications, the solution to homelessness is surprisingly simple – housing." ~National Alliance to End Homelessness
HomeAid Orange County is proud to partner with the following Non-Profit Service Providers: