Mission: HomeAid Orange County’s mission is to end homelessness and it starts at the core – where does someone go when they suddenly find themselves without a home? HomeAid gives children and their parents, along with individuals, the opportunity to move from benches to beds to self-sufficiency. HomeAid achieves its mission through advocacy, development (of shelters) and service.
Results: Celebrating 25 years in Orange County, HomeAid is the only community based organization that has successfully developed 50 building and renovating housing projects (with a value of over $50 million) across the entire homeless Continuum of Care spectrum, providing facilities that range from emergency shelters, to transitional housing, to permanent supportive housing. Through over twenty five local service providers, HomeAid's housing developments offer support services designed to assist the homeless as they move toward self-sufficiency; such programs include education, job skills training, physical and emotional support. HomeAid's activities in Orange County have allowed service providers to significantly grow in their organizational capacity and to build successful programs impacting people's lives. As a result of the facilities that have been developed, these service providers are now in a greater position to carry out their mission and vision giving children and youth an opportunity to succeed.
Target demographics: The following is a list of the top constituencies served by HomeAid.1. Temporarily homeless families, women, and children2. Victims of domestic violence3. At-risk teens with no where to go4. Women in crisis pregnancies and newborns5. Young adults who have aged-out of the foster care system6. Developmentally disabled persons7. Severely abused children8. Pregnant teens, and teen mothers and their babies9. Victims of job loss, divorce, or desertion10. Those affected by natural disasters and other catastrophes11. Military veterans
Geographic areas served: Orange County, CA
Programs: Housing Development
I was introduced to HomeAid OC by my wife who has been a volunteer and Board member for many years. Through her involvement, I have had the pleasure of meeting many amazing individuals associated with this wonderful organization. I have also had the opportunity to visit several of the shelters developed by HAOC and volunteer at one of them. It has truly been an honor to peronsally witness the growth of this organization and to see how the community has responded in supporting their efforts. Thanks to HAOC, we have an annual tradition in our family of taking our 2 young children (along with one of their new Christmas presents) to visit a shelter. We are grateful for this opportunity to pass along the spirit of giving to our children. Thank you HAOC for ALL that you do to help shelter those in need!