Community Awareness

    • The Affordable Housing Clearinghouse invites you to the 2018 Orange County Comunity Reinvestment Act Discussion: “Housing & Healthcare: A Community Development Strategy”

      Join us for a discussion with experts on the impact of housing instability on healthcare. Speakers from the OCC, HUD, The Kennedy Commission and more.

      Ideal attendees include:

      • Financial Institution CRA Officers and CFOs
      • Non-Profits
      • Healthcare Service Providers
      • Funders
      • Affordable Housing Developers

      Wednesday, October 10, 2018
      9:00 AM – Noon
      Registration Begins at 8:30 AM

      Christ Cathedral
      13280 Chapman Avenue
      Garden Grove, CA 92840

      Access the flyer HERE. Register for this event HERE.

    • Now in its 17th year, Festival of Children® returns this September to South Coast Plaza in Orange County, CA. The month-long, high-energy event features a host of free, family-fun entertainment including more than 100 activities and performances ranging from face painting and arts and crafts to karate demonstrations, live dance and singing performances, animal shows, and much more.

      Among the many featured activities at this year’s Festival are:

      • LEGO: Every Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Free mini LEGO build activities.
      • Coffee, Tea, Mommy & Me: Each Friday in September at 11:00 a.m. – Free educational presentations about home safety, vehicle seat safety, nutrition, water and safety, followed by arts and crafts or music. Coffee and tea hosted by Corner Bakery.
      • Dance: Each Saturday and Sunday, various times – Ballet, Hip-Hop, Classical Korean, Chinese, Flamenco, Irish, Hawaiian, Contemporary, and more.
      • Arts & Crafts: Every Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m. – Free crafts for kids courtesy of: Art4Kids, Child Creativity Lab, and Paint For A Purpose.
      • CanstructionOC: CanstructionOC returns to the Festival with nine extraordinary sculptures made entirely of canned food items. Designed and constructed by several local companies, the sculptures are disassembled at the close of the festival and more than 56,000 cans of food are donated to the Orange County Food Bank to help feed the county’s estimated 350,000 people of all ages, who struggle with hunger each day.

      Admission if free, so is parking! This even is suitable for all ages. For questions or further information, please call (800) 782-8888.

      Please join us and over 70 other organizations every weekend in September from 12-4pm at South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626) to help us celebrate National Child Awareness Month and Festival of Children!

    • Please accept this invitation to join the 2018 National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 7!
      National Night Out (NNO) is a designated evening where communities across America come together to take a stand against crime and drugs while building and maintaining a positive and supportive relationship between the community and its police department.

      Please join the men and women of the Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Cypress Police Departments, in addition to the OC Sheriff’s Department, to reaffirm and develop the relationships we have created between our local police departments, county organizations, and fellow community members.

      This is a FREE MARKETING VENUE for you and your business. It is a positive way to promote yourself, and the services you provide, to our local community. Our NNO focuses primarily on safety and preparedness, therefore, only those organizations that blend into this category will be authorized to sell their various wares.

      All other organizations are welcome to promote their businesses with swag, handouts, games, flyers, certificates, etc., as long as no monetary transactions take place.

      To register for the event, please complete the on-line registration form, click HERE. Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, July 31. To download the flyer, please click HERE and FAQs HERE.

      To inspire visits to your booth, we will be utilizing a site map denoting vendor locations. Guests will be encouraged to have each booth place a mark by their respective location on the map before they enter a raffle. Please have a unique signature or small stamp available to mark the maps when presented. Additionally, we are seeking ‘prize’ donations to incentivize guest participation in the raffle.

      Also, the City of Westminster, along with their Police Department, will be holding an event at their Target located at the Westminster Mall on August 7. For additional information, please contact Ellen Lopez, of the Westminster Police Department, at 714 548-3211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    • The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association dedicated to educational equity and excellence for the approximately 1.3 million children and youth experiencing homelessness each year.

      Our 2018 national conference theme is All Together Now, a theme that reinforces our collective, unified strength in helping those children and youth among us stay on their educational path out of homelessness, will be held October 27-30 in Anaheim, California.

      The exceptional learning experiences at the NAEHCY Annual Conference are made possible by the innovative and unique sessions submitted by professionals like you. Don’t miss your opportunity to provide yourself and your peers education that supports your career and organization..

      Each year NAEHCY brings together those who, on a daily basis, work closely with homeless children and youth. Through a series of keynote addresses, breakout sessions, valued exhibitors, and networking opportunities, the NAEHCY conference is the only conference of its kind and boasts an attendance of more than 1,300 professionals

      For further information and to view 2018 NAEHCY conference participation opportunities click HERE.  To download the flyer, please click HERE.

    • VOTERS APPROVE PROPs 1 and 2 INVESTMENTS IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR VETERANS, WORKING FAMILIES, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND MANY MORE CALIFORNIANS.

      The Kennedy Commission wants to thank all of you for supporting California's tremendous investment in affordable housing and for helping us pass Props 1 and 2, a combined $6 BILLION in new funding for the development and preservation of affordable and supportive homes.

      "We are excited that Californians are investing in solutions that will increase affordable housing options in our communities. For us in Orange County, this presents an opportunity to help us leverage resources to address our affordable housing and homelessness crisis," said Cesar Covarrubias, Executive Director of the Kennedy Commission.

      Prop 1 will dedicate funding to build and preserve housing, including supportive housing, and provide homeowner assistance through a variety of proven and effective programs, including:

      • Multifamily Housing Program - $1.5 billion
      • Cal-Vet Farm and Home Loan Program - $1 billion
      • Infill Infrastructure Grant Financing - $300 million
      • Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program - $300 million
      • Local Housing Trust Match Grant Program - $300 million
      • CalHome - $300 million
      • CalHFA Home Purchase Assistance - $150 million
      • Transit-Oriented Development Program - $150 million

      The state is expected to issue its first notices of funding availability in early 2019.

      Prop 2 is equally important, providing supportive homes for our fellow Californians living with a mental illness struggling to survive on the streets or in shelters without the stability and access to services they need. With $2 billion, Prop 2 will build an additional 20,000 supportive rental homes that provide mental health services to help end homelessness for thousands of people. Homelessness advocates, doctors, mental health professionals, emergency responders, and law enforcement all agree – supportive housing works and we need it if we are to end chronic homelessness in California.

    • The County of Orange Social Services Agency is pleased to announce its 6th Annual Human Services Request for Proposals Training for Community Partners for human services providers interested in learning more about competitive bidding through the use of the Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation method.

       The Social Services Agency (SSA) is the largest County agency and serves an average of one in every four Orange County residents, or over 700,000 people a month.  Services provided are designed to:

      • Protect children and adults from abuse and/or neglect.
      • Enable low-income adults who are frail and/or disabled to safely remain in their homes rather than being institutionalized.
      • Transition eligible families from dependency to self-sufficiency, and provide program benefits for eligible CalWORKs, CalFresh (Food Stamps), Refugee, General Relief and Medi-Cal recipients. 

      SSA releases various RFPs on an annual basis, typically in the fall months for human services agreements that begin on July 1st of the next fiscal year.

      This training is targeted for individuals and organizations, including but not limited to businesses, non-profits and institutions of higher education, with expertise and experience in the areas of child welfare, refugee social services, CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work or adult services and have an understanding of the special needs of the SSA’s target populations described above.  This training is open to the public, first-time attendees or those who would like a refresher. 

      Training Date:

      Thursday, September 27, 2018

      Training Time:

      9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

      Training Location:

      500 N. State College Blvd., Suite 100 
      First floor, Conference Room 1012
      Orange, CA  92868

      RSVP Deadline:

      Monday, September 24, 2018, 5:00 PM

      Email address to RSVP:

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      You will receive a confirmation email of your reservation.

    • Orange County will continue using the two National Guard armories as temporary homeless shelters during the night for another 90 days, a move deemed necessary to meet a federal judge’s wishes to shelter the people displaced from longtime encampments at the Santa Ana River and Santa Ana’s Civic Center.

      The California Military Department gave its approval earlier this week to the rare request.

      The winter shelter programs at both the Santa Ana and Fullerton armories were scheduled to end Sunday, April 15 with the arrival of warmer weather, as typically happens every year at all 10 armories used as homeless shelters statewide. But county officials asked for another 90 days to continue operating the facilities as a place for homeless people to sleep at night.

      Read the entire article HERE.

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    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from February 7th - 11th.

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Fullerton Clients will be bussed to an alternate site located at First Lutheran Church of Fullerton, 215 N Lemon St. Fullerton, CA 92832.

      The Armory Emergency Shelter Program serves adult clients over the age of 18 ONLY. For more info, click HERE.

      DARK NIGHT SCHEDULE
      On Wednesday through Sunday, buses will pick up at regular locations and the Fullerton Armory beginning at 6:00 pm.
      Doors at the alternate location will open at 7:00 pm
      Times and Locations may be subject to change at a moment’s notice.
      Fullerton Pick-Up Locations:
      Pick-Up #1
      The 200 block of E. Santa Fe Ave. (southside of the street between S. Pomona Ave and N. Lemon St.)
      Pick Up #2
      Fullerton National Guard Armory, 400 S Brookhurst St. (near the corner of Brookhurst and Valencia)

      FULLERTON (714) 659-5545 Or call the ARMORY INFORMATION LINE at: 714-836-7188 ext 170

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from February 7th - 11th.

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Clients will be bussed to an alternate site located at Wise Place, 1411 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706.

      The Armory Emergency Shelter Program serves adult clients over the age of 18 ONLY. For more info, click HERE.

      DARK NIGHT SCHEDULE
      On Thursday through Sunday, buses will pick up at regular locations and the Santa Ana Armory beginning at 6:00 pm. Doors at the alternate location will open at 7:00 pm.

      Santa Ana Pick-Up Locations

      Pick-Up #1
      Flower & Civic Center
      (Near 6th Street in Santa Ana)
      Pick Up #2
      1901 W. Walnut, Santa Ana
      Pick-Up #3
      Santa Ana National Guard Armory 612 E. Warner, Santa An a, CA
      (Near intersection of Wa rner and Main)

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from Thursday, December 7th through Sunday, December 10th. For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Ana AND Fullerton Clients will be bused to an alternate site located at Wise Place, 1411 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Click here for schedule information and pick-up locations.

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from Wednesday, April 11th - Sunday, April 15th.

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Ana and Fullerton clients will be bused to an alternate site located at First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton (aka: EvFree Church).
      Located at 2801 Brea Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835 - (near Bastanchury and Brea, in the Gym).

      The Armory Emergency Shelter Program serves adult clients over the age of 18 ONLY. For more info, click HERE.

      DARK NIGHT SCHEDULE
      Wednesday through Sunday, buses will pick up at regular locations and the Santa Ana and Fullerton Armories beginning at 6:00 pm.
      Doors at the alternate location will open at 7:00 pm.

      SANTA ANA (657) 720-7257
      FULLERTON (714) 659-5545

      Or call the ARMORY INFORMATION LINE at: 714-836-7188 ext 170

      Santa Ana Pick-Up Locations

      Pick-Up #1
      Flower & Civic Center
      (Near 6th Street in Santa Ana)
      Pick Up #2
      1901 W. Walnut, Santa Ana
      Pick-Up #3
      Santa Ana National Guard Armory 612 E. Warner, Santa Ana, CA
      (Near intersection of Warner and Main)

      Fullerton Pick-Up Locations

      Pick-Up #1
      The 200 block of E. Santa Fe Ave. (southside of the street between S. Pomona Ave and N. Lemon St.)
      Pick Up #2
      Fullerton National Guard Armory
      400 S Brookhurst St. (near the corner of Brookhurst and Valencia)

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from Friday, March 2nd - Sunday, March 4th.

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Ana and Fullerton clients will be bused to an alternate site located at First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton (aka: EvFree Church).
      Located at 2801 Brea Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835 - (near Bastanchury and Brea, in the Gym) 

      The Armory Emergency Shelter Program serves adult clients over the age of 18 ONLY. For more info, click HERE.

      DARK NIGHT SCHEDULE
      Friday through Sunday, buses will pick up at regular locations and the Santa Ana and Fullerton Armories beginning at 6:00 pm.
      Doors at the alternate location will open at 7:00 pm.

      SANTA ANA (657) 720-7257
      FULLERTON (714) 659-5545

      Or call the ARMORY INFORMATION LINE at: 714-836-7188 ext 170

      Santa Ana Pick-Up Locations

      Pick-Up #1
      Flower & Civic Center
      (Near 6th Street in Santa Ana)
      Pick Up #2
      1901 W. Walnut, Santa Ana
      Pick-Up #3
      Santa Ana National Guard Armory 612 E. Warner, Santa Ana, CA
      (Near intersection of Wa rner and Main)

      Fullerton Pick-Up Locations

      Pick-Up #1
      The 200 block of E. Santa Fe Ave. (southside of the street between S. Pomona Ave and N. Lemon St.)
      Pick Up #2
      Fullerton National Guard Armory
      400 S Brookhurst St. (near the corner of Brookhurst and Valencia)

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from Thursday, January 4th through Sunday, January 7th

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Ana AND Fullerton Clients will be bused to an alternate site located at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Huntington Beach, 8345 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
      (East of The Good Shepherd Cemetery at Talbert & Beach Blvd, in the Parish Hall.). Click here for schedule information and pick-up locations.

    • Learning Objectives:

      • Understand our mindset about the communities we serve.
      • Learn effective outreach strategies for relationship building.
      • Validate our community engagement work as true partnerships.

      Guest presenter Stephany Cuevas, Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education, Doctoral Candidate in Cultures, Communities and Education.

      Wednesday, December 12, 2018
      Delhi Community Center
      505 East Central Avenue,
      Santa Ana, CA 92707

      Check-In/Breakfast: 8:30–9 a.m. / Forum: 9–11:30 a.m.

      Registration Deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Click HERE to register!

      There is no charge for this forum. Pre-registrationis highly recommended. Space is limited. For information, please call Yesica Allala at 657-900-1302, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

      Please bring your business cards and any information about your organization's programs, services and events to distribute at the forum. We expect 150–200 attendees.

    • Influenza Activity Still High in Orange County

      The Orange County Health Care Agency continues to receive large numbers of reports of influenza, including severe cases (less than 65 years of age who were hospitalized in intensive care or who died), and outbreaks. Circulating viruses are mainly influenza A H3N2 which has been associated with increased hospitalizations and lower vaccine effectiveness in past seasons. CDC recommends:

      • Get vaccinated: It’s not too late to get vaccinated. Even in years with lower vaccine effectiveness (e.g., 48% in 2015-16), influenza vaccine prevented an estimated 5 million illnesses, 2.5 million medical visits, and 71,000 hospitalizations due to flu. For more info on where to get vaccinated, see http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/family/flu.
      • Stop germs: Use everyday preventive actions to avoid getting sick with flu and/or passing it to others. People with flu symptoms should stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Covering your cough, handwashing and routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces can help decrease the spread of illness. For more information, see www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/general/take3-Poster.pdf. Guidance for schools and child cares is available here: www.cdc.gov/flu/school/index.htm.
      • Antiviral drugs: Antiviral drugs can shorten illness with influenza, make it milder, and prevent complications. People with influenza symptoms who are in the hospital, have severe progressive illness, or who are at increased risk for complications of influenza due to age or underlying medical conditions may benefit from antiviral drugs. Antivirals should be started as soon as possible in these groups and should NOT be delayed waiting for test results. Per the California Department of Public Health, there is currently NO state or national shortage of antivirals. Pharmacies can contact their wholesalers directly to obtain medications if needed.

      Hepatitis A Still in the News

      The hepatitis A outbreaks in San Diego and Los Angeles seem to be winding down. There is no outbreak in Orange County and no new cases. HCA continues to outreach to at-risk persons, including promoting and providing hepatitis A vaccinations. See: www.ochealthinfo.com/OCHepA

      Norovirus is not just on cruise ships!

      Outbreaks of norovirus plague schools, long term care facilities, and other group settings every year. Norovirus is also one of the most common causes of foodborne illness. This highly contagious virus causes vomiting and diarrhea and needs special attention to handwashing, hygiene, and cleaning/disinfection. For more information, see: www.cdc.gov/norovirus/preventing-infection.html

    • “I don’t want to live a meaningless life anymore” whispered Linh, a single 68-year old Vietnamese woman. 

      About a year ago, Linh was introduced to the Council on Aging's ReConnect Technology class. The ReConnect Early Intervention Services for Older Adults (EISOA) Program provides support groups, educational trainings, skill development workshops, home visitations and physical activities to improve the mental health and enhance the quality of life of older adults. When Linh arrived to ReConnect, she was like many other Vietnamese women that...

      To continue reading, visit the Southern California Council on Aging HERE.

    • Click here for the Courtyard's end of November newsletter.

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    • Click HERE for the Courtyard Transitional Center's January 2018 newsletter.

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