To find answers and much-needed solutions, we need to know more about:
- What causes homelessness?
- Who are the homeless?
- What does this cost Orange County?
What are the true costs of homelessness to our cities?
To find out, Jamboree partnered with United Way Orange County to fund a new study conducted by the University of California, Irvine. This study identified who OC’s homeless are and the costs of homelessness for our cities.
Who are Orange County's homeless?
- The vast majority of Orange County’s homeless are U.S. citizens and long-term OC residents. In fact, most have lived here more than 10 years.
- The primary cause of being homeless is finding and keeping a steady job with a sustainable wage – not alcohol and/or drugs, mental health or release from jail or prison.
Want to download the full infographic?
See what the top contributing factors to homelessness are in this report, "Homelessness in Orange County: The Costs To Our Community" infographic.
How much is homelessness costing OC – and how to save taxpayers’ money?
- Cities, counties, hospitals, and non-government agencies spend nearly $300 million every year to address the issue of homelessness. This money provides an immediate response, but not a permanent solution.
- There is one specific type of housing that permanently ends the cycle of homelessness.
How is the way we address homelessness changing?
Get a quick overview of the types of homelessness, the housing options, and the evolving approach to housing the homeless in recent decades vs. today’s Housing First model. Download the Homelessness: A Snapshot of Housing Options & Approaches.
Want to learn more?Jamboree builds housing with services for the homeless that is helping to end homelessness permanently. We aren't a placement service for those experiencing homelessness. If you're looking for housing at a Jamboree property, see our FAQs.
Together, we can end homelessness:
- Help us change the conversation about homelessness in Orange County. Sign the United to End Homelessness proclamation.
- Use the hashtag #EndHomelessnessOC online whenever you join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
- If you’re a citizen ready for change who wants to help make a difference in your community, find out how to suggest solutions that work.
- If you’re ready to join the conversation as an elected official, city staff, a leader of a faith-based organization, community organization, or other nonprofit, find out how to create more solutions.