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Community Awareness

In our continued effort to identify services, collaborative efforts, and other opportunities that can benefit your organization and our community, we’ve compiled the following information from our partners.

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Special Announcements

211OC's 2015 Helpline Dashboard: Click here to view 211OC's new interactive Helpline Dashboard containing statistics for the calendar year 2015.

Interested in learning how to search for resources in 211OC’s Public Resource Database? Join 211OC every month for a free, interactive training on how to get connected to Orange County’s health and human services programs. Please email Laurie Miechowicz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

County Launches “myOCgov” Mobile App: The new app gives users the ability to browse and search all County services near them or learn more about services in categories such as “Libraries,” “Parks,” “Health & Human Services,” “Public Safety” and “Other Government Services.” To download the app, Apple users click here and Android users click here

Flood Control Channel Maintenance and Security Project: The County of Orange Public Works department (OCPW) is working on a Flood Control Channel Maintenance and Security Project along the Santa Ana River. Please click here to see answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the project as well as how the project impacts homeless encampments in the area. If you would like an answer to a question not listed or want to provide feedback regarding the project, please email the County Executive Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Funding Opportunities

2017 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for New Permanent Housing Projects: The Orange County CoC will begin solicitation of Request for Qualifications (RFQ), for New Permanent Housing Projects which are due Friday, July 21st, 2017 at 3:00pm (PST). The Request for Qualifications will be a thorough review of an agency’s capacity to administer a CoC homeless permanent housing project in the Orange County CoC while complying with HUD requirements as indicated in the Threshold Requirements for Agency Section of the RFQ. Agencies determined to meet the Threshold Requirements will be invited to participate if a Request for Proposals (RFP) for New Permanent Housing Projects is released.
The Request For Qualifications can be found by clicking here.

Posted 6/30/2017

Orange County Emergency Food and Shelter Program - Phase 34 Application: Emergency Food and Shelter Program Phase 34 Funding Notice of Funds Available The Orange County Emergency Food & Shelter Program (OC EFSP) received $1,221,590 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Local agencies are encouraged to apply but must meet all of the criteria in order to receive funding. Click here for the Notice.

Posted 7/7/2017

Cal OES Release of Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Specialized Emergency Housing (KE) Program: The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Victim Services and Public Safety Branch, is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Specialized Emergency Housing (KE) Program. The purpose of the KE Program is to expand emergency shelter and emergency housing assistance resources in California and provide specialized services for victims of crime. Projects must identify an unmet emergency shelter or emergency housing need in their community and propose an innovate solution. There is approximately $4,600,000 available for the KE Program for 2017-18. Applicants may request up to $575,000 for a 24-month subaward performance period that commences October 1, 2017, and ends September 30, 2019. Proposals are due Monday, August 14, 2017. The KE Program RFP can be found on the Cal OES website at http://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/grants-management/search-for-grants. Should you have questions, please contact in writing only Elizabeth Pollard, Program Specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted 7/17/2017


The Incredible Years Parenting Group (Spanish) For parents and guardians who want to see their child (ages 2-12) succeed academically, socially and emotionally; Gain creative tools to strengthen your relationship with your child and learn how to respond effectively to their challenging behaviors. This is an open group. You may register during ANY class. Eight (8) week series beginning July 24, 2017 Mondays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

Posted 7/7/2017

CalOptima Satellite Office now Open in Westminster: CalOptima is pleased to announce that they are now available to serve members at their satellite office located at the County Community Service Center in Westminster. CalOptima’s satellite office is located at 15496 Magnolia Street, Suite 111, in Westminster (corner of Magnolia and McFadden). Bi-lingual English/Vietnamese Customer Service Staff is available on-site Monday through Friday to assist members with accessing their Medi-Cal benefits. Services include finding, selecting, and changing their doctor and health network, requesting an ID card and working with doctors and case managers to get the care they need. Click here for English/Spanish or here for English/Vietnamese.

Posted 7/7/2017

West Coast University Free Dental Hygiene Services:The West Coast University Dental Hygiene Clinic serves as an educational facility to support the learning needs of the students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program. Under the supervision of licensed dentists (DDS/DMD) and registered dental hygienists (RDH), the Dental Hygiene students provide oral health care and educational services to the local community. Click here for more information.

Posted 4/27/2017

Help Me Grow Orange County: Are you interested in Child Development? Would you like resources to parenting? Help Me Grow connects families with young children to resources in the community to enhance their child’s development. Click here for more informationin English or click here for more information in Spanish.

Posted 4/20/2017

Hope Builders Free Job Training: Taller San Jose Hope Builders is providing young adults ages 18-28 with training to get and keep a job! Get paid to train. Click on the following for more information in English or Spanish.

Posted 3/22/2017

K2C Young Adult Educational Services and Training: At-risk young adults (ages 17-24) are invited to join K2C Academy to gain career and job training certifications, work experience, academic navigation, and work readiness. Young adults must reside in Young Adults must reside in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, or Laguna Woods. Click here for more information and here for the March calendar.

Posted 3/8/2017

Computer Training for Today's Job Market: Learn and improve the necessary computer skills that will get you hired. All services are provided to job seekers at no charge. Click here for more information.

Posted 3/8/2017

SCE Career Technical Education Certificate Programs: Prepare for new career opportunities in : Administrative Assistant, Early Childhood Development, Electrical Trainee, Management, Pharmacy Technician, and more! Click here for more information.

Posted 3/8/2017

ForwardFocus: Supervised Population Workforce Training Program: This program will help with career assessment, job-seeking assistance, job retention, job readiness workshops, and more! Click here for more information.

Posted 3/8/2017


Plan Ahead Youth Program: The Cambodian Family Community Center and Minnie Street Family Resource Center will be holding a free after school youth program for students in grades 1-12. The youth program will focus on academic and college prep/tutoring, leadership development, sports and creative arts and social activities and will take place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 4:00pm - 6:00pm and Wednesdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Click here for more information.

Better Choices Better Health: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: Better Choices - Better Health program is for anyone with an ongoing health condition (for example, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and others). Caregivers, family and friends of someone with an ongoing health condition are also encouraged to attend. In this program, you will learn: tips for healthy eating and ways to keep moving, ways to control pain, stress, and anxiety, goal setting and problem solving, talking to your healthcare provider, family and friends about your condition. This 6 week class begins in August. Click here to learn more!

Conferences, Workshops, and More

Stop Short of Addiction Sessions: Stop Short of Addiction is an intensive alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) intervention program designed to specifically address the needs of first-time juvenile offenders who are in the early stages of substance abuse. Stop Short of Addiction is a three part series that will take place in September and all three classes must be attended by both adolescent and parents. If you are interested and would like to know more about this program please contact (949)764-6551. Click here for more information.

Scholarship Opportunity: The CalOptima Employee Activities Committee is offering a scholarship opportunity to students pursuing careers in health care or social services. There are 3 scholarships that will be awarded to the top three essay submissions. The First place essay will also be entered into the Association for Community Affiliated Plans national scholarship with an opportunity to win an additional $5,000. The application can be found here. Please www.CalOptima.org for more information or call (714) 246-8729 with any questions.

Pharmacy Tech at SAC: Train for a Pharmacy Technician at Santa Ana College. The first 3 classes are FREE! Click here for more information.

Learn More about CalFresh: Click here for general FAQ about CalFresh and how to sign up!

Learn More about General Relief: Click here for genral FAQ about General Relief and how to sign up! 

Undocumented Students and Families: Learn More about Undocumented Student Rights by the Association of California School Administrators. Click here for resources on Undocumented Students and Families: The Facts: Student Rights, Staff Rights, Parent Rights, and Sanctuary Districts.

Civic Center and Courtyard Updates

Click here to view August's Office of Care Coordination Newsletter

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