On Monday, November 7, 2016, HomeAid Orange County proudly dedicated, in partnership with the Illumination Foundation, its 58th development entitled the Theriault Emergency Home in North Orange County.
This ground up construction will be able to house hundreds of families each year. The development is a two-story, residential building that consists of eight family units and one managers unit, six and a half bathrooms and a two-car garage. This new project will add 45-50 shelter beds for families. This home provides a safe place for families with children 0-5 years old to receive emergency shelter while they are being assessed and either moved into permanent housing or transitioned into the Illumination Foundation’s housing program.
With the help of City Ventures as Builder Captain and Architect Kevin L. Crook, the Theriault Emergency Home is HomeAid’s first completed project in partnership with the Illumination foundation that is also in partnership with the Children & Families Commission of Orange County.
“The walls of this building are so much more than just a House. They are a home and a fresh start and new life to the hundreds of families and children who will be housed here. We are excited to see more lives change positively and to help our most vulnerable families finally find stability” Says CEO and President of the Illumination Foundation, Paul Leon.
Executive Director of HomeAid Orange County, Scott Larson says “It has been an honor to work alongside the Illumination Foundation with our development team on this project that will end homelessness for families in Orange County. We look forward to seeing great success and many lives changed for years to come.”
HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with a mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. HomeAid fulfills its mission through Development, Service and Advocacy. 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 service providers, community volunteers, builders, and specialty contractors.
HomeAid Orange County is the only community-based organization that has successfully developed 59 building and renovating housing projects which have added 1,451 shelter beds across the entire homeless Continuum of Care spectrum. By doing this, HomeAid has provided facilities that range from emergency housing, to interim housing, to permanent supportive housing. Through over twenty local service providers, HomeAid’s housing developments have transformed the lives of over 55,000 people experiencing homelessness.
HomeAid’s ability to bring the community together to provide a basic need like housing became the foundation on which HomeAid launched and continues to grow its service initiatives including HomeAid Essentials, CareKits and Homelessness Awareness Month, which were initiated to provide basic needs beyond shelter to the families and individuals currently experiencing homelessness throughout Orange County. Learn more by visiting homeaidoc.org.
The Illumination Foundation (IF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless clients to break or prevent the cycle of homelessness. IF uses innovative, integrated care and collaboration with public and private partners to provide cost-effective housing solutions for the homeless, as well as comprehensive services to effectively transition families to self-sufficiency.
The IF model combines housing solutions with case management, free or low-cost healthcare, mental and addiction counseling services, children’s enrichment programs. Since its inception in 2007, IF’s housing programs have served more than 2,200 families and placed more than 7,000 individuals into permanent housing. In addition, IF’s medical programs have provided medical and social services to over 14,200 patients. Learn more by visiting ifhomeless.org.