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Employment Empowers Change

Employment Empowers Change

November 18, 2017

It can happen to anyone and it did to millions of Americans over the past decade during the great recession – the loss of a job suddenly caused you and your family to become homeless. I invite you to read the following three stories of success, as families were empowered to regain a life of self-sufficiency and climb out of homelessness through em ...

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A Friday Night in Orange County

A Friday Night in Orange County

November 17, 2017

It’s late on a Friday night in Anaheim, and on the side of a curb sits a tired young girl – watching in disbelief as demolition crews clear away the charred remains of her apartment that burnt to the ground that morning. She is weary from the sight of loss in front of her, heartbroken at the thought of her home now gone. Her mom sits quietly next t ...

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Why Does She Stay?

Why Does She Stay?

November 16, 2017

Why does she stay? Trapped between domestic violence and homelessness. The violence at home continued to escalate and Amber regularly feared for her life. She knew her children needed to feel safe, yet the threat of homelessness paralyzed her. Asking why Amber stays underestimates the debilitating impact of being trapped between domestic violence ...

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​Caring for the Medically Fragile Homeless Children

​Caring for the Medically Fragile Homeless Children

November 15, 2017

There are currently over 4,000 children who are known to be homeless in Orange County’s healthcare system. During 2015, these homeless children made over 2,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms. Children aged 0 to 5 are among the most frequent homeless visitors to emergency rooms, making up 13%. All parents know how difficult it is to have childre ...

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​Breaking Barriers to End Homelessness

​Breaking Barriers to End Homelessness

November 13, 2017

If we truly seek to instill social transformation in our communities and neighborhoods, we must move beyond mere spasms of seasonal charity and give our time and resources to dedicated, strategic efforts. Awareness is a valuable first step, but there are people, movements, and organizations that are demanding thoughtful action and constructive solu ...

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​Ending Homelessness Through Innovation

​Ending Homelessness Through Innovation

November 12, 2017

Particularly around the holidays, there is no shortage of worthwhile causes attracting people of all ages who are eager to work collaboratively toward a common goal, while finding personal fulfillment and satisfaction. Providing assistance to the homeless, however, is not typically amongst the most popular of them. Undeniably, there’s nothing glamo ...

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day

November 11, 2017

HomeAid Orange County Board of Directors and staff thank the men and women who have served our country. Our mission is to end homelessness, especially for the 357 unsheltered homeless veterans in Orange County. We are determined to honor their sacrifice by giving them a place to call home when they come back from protecting our freedom and values. ...

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Could You Survive if You Were in Their Shoes?

Could You Survive if You Were in Their Shoes?

November 10, 2017

Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence Imagine someone hits you so hard in the face that all your front teeth are knocked out of your mouth. Imagine that the person who hit you was your partner, the person with whom you shared a life, a family, and a home. Imagine the impact of this violence on your children. What would you do? Samara faced this exa ...

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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

November 09, 2017

A picture is worth a thousand words. This is what a homeless person living with mental illness looks like. These are everyday people living alongside us, but they are invisible to us. Mental illness is defined as “a condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling, or mood and may affect his or her ability to relate to others, even people wit ...

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The One Number To Call When You Are Homeless

The One Number To Call When You Are Homeless

November 08, 2017

When addressing homelessness in Orange County, it is natural to ask yourself “Where do I begin?” or “What can I do when I see someone who is homeless and how can I help?” The first step you can take is referring those in need to the one number they need to call – 211. Just like those who would dial 411 for information or 911 for an emergency, 211 ...

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