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Posted on November 12, 2019

"Gina Scott is the new executive director of HomeAid Orange County. She has spent nearly 23 years at HomeAid, which has a mission and history of ending homelessness."

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HomeAid Orange County has a NEW Executive Director

Posted on October 23, 2019

HomeAid Orange County is pleased to announce the appointment of Gina Scott as Executive Director.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be appointed as the Executive Director of HomeAid Orange County - the organization that has fueled my passion to end homelessness for the past two decades. It is with deep gratitude as I now step into this role, to work alongside my friend and mentor, Scott Larson, as he leads HomeAid America as their Chief Executive Officer.”Gina Scott said. “I am committed to advancing the mission of HomeAid Orange County, and I will not rest until enough housing is developed so homelessness ceases to exist in our community.”

Gina Scott is a long time staff member of HomeAid Orange County, having worked for the organization since February of 1997. Mrs. Scott began her time at HomeAid Orange County as an Executive Assistant, moving on to various roles during her tenure, each propelling her further up the leadership ladder. She has served as Special Events Manager, Director of Development, Director of Community Engagement, Chief Development Officer, and most recently, Interim Executive Director during former Executive Director Scott Larson’s Clare Rose sabbatical through the Fieldstone Leadership Network. Prior to her employment with HomeAid Orange County, Gina Scott worked in the construction and architecture sectors, providing her with knowledge of the building industry early in her career.

With nearly 23 years at HomeAid Orange County under her belt, Gina Scott brings widespread knowledge of HomeAid Orange County’s mission, values, and history of ending homelessness over the past thirty years. Her leadership has resulted in raising over $25 million for the organization, and engaging the community in the development of housing, service outreach and advocacy for those without a voice. Mrs. Scott’s professional relationships with leaders in both the building industry and the local community, are invaluable assets.

HomeAid Orange County Board President, Mark Kiner, said: “Gina Scott has dedicated the past 22 years to be a voice in our community for those experiencing homeless. It is truly an honor to see her at the helm as Executive Director. The board of directors is excited to appoint her to this position, as she leads us forward to end homelessness in our community.”

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"The Michael Chang Tennis Classic"

Posted on August 23, 2019

The Michael Chang Tennis Classic is a charity tennis tournament that got its start in the summer of 2011 as a way to bring the tennis community together in a fun and competitive environment. The tournament has been touted as one of the most enjoyable and well run USTA adult tournaments around.

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"Builders to Construct Mini-Homes Out of Donated Diapers at Angel Stadium"

Posted on July 11, 2019

"A non-profit organization is hosting a diaper drive Friday at Angel Stadium.

HomeAid Orange County is hoping to collect 1.5 million diapers for women's shelters in Orange County and the Inland Empire. The Angel Stadium event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

The fifth annual “Builders for Babies” competition is a month-long countywide campaign to collect essential baby needs such as diapers, baby food, wipes and other toiletry items for families with young children who are homeless."

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"HomeAid Expected to Collect 3 Million Diapers for Homeless Families in 1 Day"

Posted on June 27, 2019

"HomeAid, a national nonprofit provider of housing and resources for the homeless sets out to collect 3 million diapers for homeless families in just one day. Builders for Babies, a one-day diaper collection and distribution event benefiting the HomeAid Essentials community outreach program will take place on June 21 in three locations across the country – Orange County, California, Salt Lake City, Utah and Denver, Colorado."

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"Homeless Town Hall Meeting In San Clemente"

Posted on June 27, 2019

"From the City of San Clemente: The City of San Clemente will be hosting a Community Town Hall meeting on homelessness to provide a venue for communication between the public, city staff, and partnering agencies. The goals of the meeting are to provide information and education to the public, inform the public of available resources, discuss citywide impacts of homelessness, and propose next steps to address homelessness."

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"Orange May parade returns after 28 years"

Posted on June 27, 2019

"For the first time since making its last run 28 years ago, the Orange May parade will make a return to Old Towne Orange on Saturday.

Originally called the May Festival parade, the event began in 1933, celebrating the start of the Valencia orange packing season.

Schools, community groups and businesses would participate, putting on a show for people lining the streets near the plaza.

Until 1991, when the city's money for the parade ran out."

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"235 homeless people who have died in Orange County will be remembered at these 2018 memorial services"

Posted on June 27, 2019

"A onetime ’60s soul singer who counted Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers among her admirers.

A family of four, including a 9-month-old baby, that slept at night in a van.

The brother of a state assemblywoman who had struggled with alcoholism most of his adult life.

Betty Jane Willis, the Kanyavong family and Raymond William Jaso are names that strangers came to know in 2018.

The stories about the lives and deaths of these homeless people generated news coverage as their family and friends publicly mourned personal losses. But they are among more than 200 homeless people who lost their lives on the streets of Orange County this past year."

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"After abuse, addiction and homelessness, mom’s new start at HomeAid Family CareCenter became her success story"

Posted on June 27, 2019

"For much of her life, Jennie Galindo has been on the move, running away from one thing or another.

As a teenager, Galindo looked for ways to escape the sexual abuse she says she suffered at the hands of a close relative, years of assault compounded by the pain of not being believed once she told someone."

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"Nonprofits serving homeless people in Orange County aim for $500,000 in online ‘Giving Day’ fundraiser"

Posted on June 27, 2019

"At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, April 25, watch for the social media accounts of 16 Orange County organizations that serve homeless men, women and children to go into overdrive when another Giving Day of virtual fundraising kicks into action.

The marathon online donation drive introduced here by Orange County Community Foundation in 2015 — called iheartOC — has been a smashing success. But this year, there’s a twist."

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"Mercy House director sees housing Orange County’s homeless population as a big challenge, but possible"

Posted on June 27, 2019

"Larry Haynes has been in Orange County for more than 25 years overseeing the multiple services that Mercy House provides to homeless people.

The organization that he steers as executive director finds itself once again at the forefront of efforts to address the homeless population, with the opening of the county’s long-sought, year-round multiservice center – the Bridges at Kraemer shelter in Anaheim – in May and then HomeAid Orange County’s Family CareCenter emergency shelter in Orange last month."

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“New shelter in Orange helps homeless find footing”

Posted on June 27, 2019

"A new shelter in Orange offers temporary housing for homeless families, with services and resources to help them stay off the streets.

The HomeAid Family CareCenter opened last week to great interest, with 40 residents brought in right away. The center can support a maximum of 56 people – roughly 10 to 15 families at a time."

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"Orange County needs temporary and permanent housing solutions for the homeless"

Posted on June 27, 2019

“Somewhere in cars, on streets or in shelters across California, more than 20,000 homeless families — infants included — will sleep tonight. Among them will be unaccompanied homeless children and youth too. Californians are used to trending, but here's one category where our leadership shows our failings: The Golden State leads the United States with the largest number of unaccompanied homeless youth under 18 years of age.”

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"Emergency shelter for homeless families with children opening in Orange"

Posted on June 27, 2019

"HomeAid Orange County spent more than a year searching for a building to turn into an emergency shelter that could serve as a safe, temporary haven for homeless families with children.

The organization scoured Orange County before finding the right place in a light industrial area, close to public transit and near the Orange Police Department: an empty building whose owner held indoor workouts for his daughter’s softball team."

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“A Look At the Current State of Homelessness in O.C.”

Posted on June 27, 2019

“The decades-long homelessness epidemic was at its worst point in 2009, as the Great Recession worsened, when officials estimated as many as 21,479 Orange Countians were living on the streets annually. By 2015, the numbers were down to 15,291. The homeless count for 2017 will be released next month. But there are signs of hope.”

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"What's so hard about building enough homes in Orange County?"

Posted on June 27, 2019

"Why is it so hard to build the homes that Orange County — and the entire state — needs to keep up with demand?

It’s no secret that the largely suburban county is facing a severe housing shortage. Orange County needed to build around 82,000 homes between 2003 and 2014 to keep up with demand identified by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, a state-mandated effort to get cities and counties to plan for the future. But it only built 56 percent of that total identified need (Los Angeles County built just 41 percent)."

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"Remembering the 192 homeless who died in Orange County in 2016"

Posted on June 27, 2019

"On the longest night of the year, the forgotten were remembered.

An interfaith ceremony Wednesday at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove honored 192 homeless men, women and children whose lives had ended largely in obscurity."

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Chapman student wins honor from Angels and awards money to HomeAid

Posted on June 27, 2019

“Chapman University student Emily Biehl ’17 knows how to roll up her sleeves and go to work. She spent a summer interning with HomeAid Orange County, a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness, helping out with everything from warehouse cleanup to community outreach. And her work reaped even something more. Biehl was honored as a Wells Fargo Home Run Hero in a pregame ceremony at the Los Angeles Angels game on Tuesday, July 19. The recognition included a $2,500 check to HomeAid to help the nonprofit continue its work in the community.”

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"New Diaper Bank program could mean ‘huge savings’ for O.C. families"

Posted on June 27, 2019

Thousands of babies in Orange County – and their parents – can take comfort: a newly launched local Diaper Bank has their bottom line covered.

Through a partnership between the OC Food Bank and HomeAid Orange County, about 1 million diapers and baby items will be distributed over the next few weeks to charitable agencies and groups that operate shelters and serve needy families with children.

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"These builders are using an unusual material – diapers"

Posted on June 27, 2019

ANAHEIM – The 168-square-foot house features a small grassy backyard, granite countertops, a solar panel on the roof to power the door chime and lights, and really absorbent walls.

Building with boxes of Huggies, Lennar Corp. went all out for its diaper display at HomeAid Orange County’s second annual Builders for Babies event, a diaper drive at Angels Stadium on Friday benefiting homeless families.

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NBC4 Orange County Reporter, Vikki Vargas, Hosts HomeAid Luncheon

Posted on June 27, 2019

“HomeAid Orange County, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, kicked off the 9th Annual Essentials donation drive at a Community Partner Luncheon held at Casa Teresa Emergency Maternity Shelter in Orange on April 26, 2016. The luncheon was hosted by Master of Ceremonies Vikki Vargas, NBC4 Southern California’s Orange County Bureau Chief, and kicked off the week-long HomeAid Essentials donation drive to collect diapers and other essential items for homeless families.”

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