- The City Council’s long-term goal is to PREVENT homelessness.
- We continue to support preventive measures with our professional staff, with our partners, and importantly, with dedicated funds each and every fiscal year. Here are examples:
- The City Council approved $29.2 million from the state’s redevelopment settlement to the City of Irvine – and that is money, guaranteed over several years – that will go to the City’s affordable housing through the Irvine Community Land Trust. There are currently more than 4,000 affordable housing units throughout the City.
- Councilmember Melissa Fox is Chair of the nonprofit organization (Irvine Community Land Trust) that provides permanent affordable housing opportunities in Irvine, and Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea is a Board Member.
- We have two full-time police officers assigned each day to respond to those in need of mental health help and services. One of them is a homeless liaison.
- Additionally, a division of the Community Services Department, FOR Families, is budgeted at more than $200,000 a year. Our staff is assigned to work directly with families in areas of concern such as stress and depression; substance abuse; and family violence. Resources include financial help and health care.
City of Irvine’s Goal: Prevent Homelessness
The Irvine City Council will consider a Sunshine Ordinance at its October 23 meeting that would enhance government transparency by making agendas available 12 days in advance, rather than five.
The Irvine Police Department (IPD) will be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center. Three other Irvine locations are also participating.
In an ongoing effort to promote voter registration and participation, all eligible residents are encouraged to register by October 22. The Irvine Civic Center will also serve as an Early Voting Service Center, beginning Saturday, October 27 through Monday, November 5.
Business leader Julie Hill helped build Human Options, which provides safe haven and life-changing programs to help abused women, their children and families. She will be the special speaker at the 37th Annual Irvine Community Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast Thursday, November 15.