- 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
Celebrate “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” on September 17 and watch Councilmember Lynn Schott speak to its importance here. Constitution Week: September 17-23.
Experience sights and sounds from around the world at the 17th annual Irvine Global Village Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its new location, the Orange County Great Park. Free admission and on-site parking.
Guests at the October 20 Open House will meet the Mounted and K9 Units, climb inside police vehicles, get a tour of the Police Department, and more.
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.
The fall issue of Inside Irvine, featuring City news, events, programs, and activities, is now available online.
Participants who drive through or walk up to the multi-city Point of Dispensing exercise on Oct. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Great Park will receive a free pumpkin.