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January 6, 2017

News Article: 1,000 more volunteers needed to count Orange County's homeless

OC Register

"With tens of millions of dollars on the line, Orange County has begun gearing up for a federally mandated point-in-time count and survey of its homeless population this month.  The snapshot is crucial because..." click here to read the whole story. by Theresa Walker

Visit the PointInTimeOC.org website to register to volunteer.

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MAY 31, 2016

News Article: Model O.C. program urges expanded approach to identifying domestic violence

OC Register

"A public awareness campaign will roll out over the next two years and include free trainings for health care providers on how to discuss domestic violence with patients, advertising aboard buses and at bus shelters, and a centralized clearinghouse of resources and information...."

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Dec. 7, 2015

Interview: What is the 2-1-1 Information and Referral System?


KSBR News Director Dawn Kamber interviews C-E-O Karen Williams and Collaborative Engagement Firector Kristin Jefferson from 2-1-1 Orange County.

What is 211OC?

County Residents may be linked to a comprehensice information and referral eyetem through 2-1-1 Orange County.

Callers seeking health, human services and support may call 2-1-1OC 24 hours 7 days a week to be connected to a trained information and referral specialist.

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Sep. 18, 2015

Homeless to Housing: Successful Models of Change Event


As a regional leader in Orange County, 211OC works with public and private partners to provide people with connections to the health and human service services and resources they need while driving systems change. 211OC hosted this event with the support of guest presenter, Lloyd Pendleton, one of the nation's leading authorities in ending homelessness in a proven, cost effective way.

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Click below to view the 3 presentations:

c2eh2-1-1 Orange County, Finding a Solution to End Homelessness in Orange County

Jamboree, Engaging and Housing Chronically Homeless

Lloyd Pendleton, Utah's Homeless Approach


 March 17, 2015

Dear Abby: Remember 211 to find low-cost Health and Human Services

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In March, someone wrote in to Dear Abby asking about affordable counseling resources. Dear Abby responded. 211OC wrote in to Dear Abby reminding her of 211 as a source of information and referrals. We were thrilled to see that the response was published in many newspapers across the country. Here are a couple (or click here to view a PDF of the submission).

SFGate Dear Abby

The Buffalo News


Sep 28, 2013


"The Audacious Plan to End Homelessness in Orange County"
KX 93.5FM The Friendship Show, Podcast 


September 24, 2013


 More than 12,700 homeless in OC., nonprofit's analysis says [OC Register]

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Credit: David Montero, OC Register


December 11, 2011

Watch a video: What is 211?

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211OC helps people find the help they need. Callers seeking assistance can dial 211 (toll-free) 24 hours-a-day and be connected to trained, multilingual Information and Referral specialists. Accessing a database with information on more than 2,000 government and nonprofit agencies offering approximately 5,000 specialized services. These include resources about food and employment assistance, access to affordable health and housing options, help for an ailing parent or substance abuse information for a teen and much more. For more information visit www.211oc.org or dail 211 (toll-free).


August 28, 2010

Watch a Video about 2-1-1 Orange County's Resource information phone line

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Get information on everything from where to find a local church, food banks, crisis hotlines, home owner resources, where to register to vote and more. Video was a feature story on the city of Costa Mesa, CA "The Community Report" news magazine series-August 2009. Produced, written and edited by LauraSmilkstein.

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