HomeAid Orange County

HomeAid to Celebrate its 25th Anniversary with the Dedication of its 50th Shelter Development

May 20, 2014

HOMEAID ORANGE COUNTY TO CELEBRATE ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH DEDICATION OF ITS 50TH HOMELESS SHELTER

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on May 20th to Mark Final Expansion Of Pathways of Hope Campus in Fullerton

FULLERTON, CA, -- On May 20th, HomeAid Orange County will celebrate two significant milestones: the 25th anniversary of its efforts to end homelessness through advocacy, development and service in Orange County and the completion of its 50th homeless shelter. The occasion will be commemorated with a ribbon-cutting at 11:30 a.m. at 504-506 West Amerige Avenue in Fullerton, which is operated by the nonprofit organization Pathways of Hope.

This latest HomeAid project, built by Shea Homes, completes the Pathways of Hope campus, which now accommodates up to 82 parents and their children. The new addition features two apartment buildings that each encompass four residential units, including studio, two- and three-bedroom configurations, which will house up to 36 residents. This comes on top of 1,054 beds in HomeAid shelters that have provided accommodations to more than 50,000 people who have found themselves homeless since 1989.

Bert Silva, president of Builder Captain Shea Homes, commented, “Our partnership with HomeAid and Pathways of Hope brings together three great organizations that are dedicated to supporting and enriching our local communities. We are honored to be a part of this important effort, providing interim housing when it is needed the most, because caring about the people in our community is always first on our list of priorities.”

“This latest expansion of Pathways of Hope will enable us to continue providing the assistance that has already served more than 1,025 Orange County families since the first home on the campus was opened in 1986,” said Barbara Jennings, President of the Board of Directors for Pathways of Hope. “Every step of the way, HomeAid Orange County has been a valuable partner, helping us develop, renovate and maintain the campus, which has become a significant resource for services that benefit the homeless community.”

“Developments like these play a key role in ending the cycle of homelessness,” stated Scott Larson, executive director of HomeAid Orange County. “HomeAid is proud to bring together the resources of the local homebuilding industry to help organizations like Pathways of Hope provide both housing and services to the homeless community in Orange County, and we are grateful to the participation of Shea Homes and our many other builder members, who have made HomeAid a remarkable success.”

About HomeAid Orange County

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national nonprofit organization with the purpose to end homelessness through advocacy, development and service. Through their mission to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. Founded in 1989 by the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between services providers, community volunteers, builders and specialty contractors.

To date the organization has completed 50 developments that serve victims of domestic violence, pregnant homeless women, abused and abandoned children, homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS and homeless families. For more information, please visitwww.homeaidoc.org.

About Pathways of Hope

For nearly 40 years, the goal of Pathways of Hope has been to place families and individuals into permanent housing as quickly as possible. Its Prevention and Outreach programs (such as grocery, rental assistance and friendship program) help to strengthen households and prevent homelessness. Its Housing programs (Via Esperanza, New Vista, ISN, Interim Housing and rapid re-housing) provide several options that are tailored to ending homelessness one household at a time.

The nonprofit organization’s newest Interim Housing program offers an option to families who are making the incredible leap from the crisis of homelessness to the security of long-term housing stability. This program provides apartments for families who need additional time to complete milestones that will lead to greater long-term stability. These milestones may include completing school or a vocational program and addressing poor credit history. During this time, participants have access to the services offered at the New Vista campus while also being responsible for their own housing costs. Services include career development, budgeting, counseling and case management that allows participants to focus on long-term change in a supportive environment.

# # #