In California, more than 151,200 men, women, children, veterans, families, and those living with a disability go to bed homeless on any given night – the highest number of any state nationwide. Some 5,700 of them live in Orange County, where Jamboree is based. And, more than one-fourth of those experiencing homelessness throughout the Golden State live with a mental illness.
Looking to start the conversation conversation about helping to end homelessness in California? Contact Roger Kinoshita, Jamboree's Vice President of Real Estate Acquisitions.
According to the latest Point in Time or PIT count, approximately 53.5% are unsheltered and 46.5% are sheltered of those counted who are experiencing homelessness. That means some 5,718 go to bed homeless every night in Orange County. Of those, more than 1,600 are considered chronically homeless.
More than statistics, each of these numbers tells a story. And many of those with a story of homelessness or at risk of homelessness have special needs. Often, these special needs include a serious mental illness – major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder.
Take a look at two differing perspectives: an experiment by the mayor of Aurora, CO, who lived on the streets for a week. This evidence shows why housing first can end cycles of homelessness. While there are many perspectives on the cause of homelessness, a problem that affects millions nationwide, many leading advocates do agree on one thing: the evidence shows we can end chronic homelessness in the U.S. It may take many different approaches, but long-term solutions are not only possible, they are working well, helping to turn the tide for the thousands who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. These are people with a disabling condition who have been homeless for at least a year or have experienced multiple episodes of homelessness within the last three years.
At Jamboree, we believe Permanent Supportive Housing results in better outcomes and is more cost-effective than supporting homeless on the streets. Why? Simply put: Permanent Supportive Housing is permanent. It gives men, women, children, and families experiencing homelessness a place to call home permanently…not temporarily or transitionally.
Plus, Permanent Supportive Housing provides the programs and services needed for these residents who have left the streets behind to remain stable and thrive. See how 18+ licensed, credentialed, and experienced Jamboree staff – and a growing network of service partners – serve more than 555 households to deliver onsite case management or oversight for 700+ residents. Download an overview of Jamboree supportive services to learn more about how and why they work.
What’s the evidence that Permanent Supportive Housing works?
Plus, through additional resources like the McKinney-Vento Act, federal legislation that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth, Jamboree worked with the Anaheim school district to house 48 homeless students and their families. Families living in crowded motel rooms or cars now have a permanent place to call home.
Read how moving to Rockwood ended one family’s 11 years of homelessness. Watch the Gordon family story.
Curious about what’s needed to make a Permanent Supportive Housing development a reality in your city or neighborhood? We’d like to connect with you. Contact Roger Kinoshita, Jamboree's Vice President of Real Estate Acquisitions, to get the conversation started.