- 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
Mayor Christina L. Shea discusses the City of Irvine's dual process for locating a Southern California Veterans Cemetery.
The community is invited to the City of Irvine’s Swearing-in Ceremony for its newly appointed Councilmember, Michael C. Carroll, at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at the Irvine Civic Center Council Chamber.
The City of Irvine is hosting two Memorial Day events to pay tribute to America’s fallen: the Northwood Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, May 26, and the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park on Monday, May 27.
The City of Irvine park system has been ranked 6th in the nation by the Trust for Public Land annual ParkScore Index, effectively making Irvine the top-ranked city in California. With new parks, open space, and amenities added over the past year, the City rose from last year’s ranking.
The 25th annual Studio Arts Festival will be held Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. The juried festival will feature handmade artwork from more than 100 Southern California artists.
The Irvine Animal Care Center will host its 13th annual Super Pet Adoption event Sunday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 35 pet rescue groups and animal shelters are expected to bring more than 500 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals for adoption.
The City of Irvine is proud to officially proclaim April 7–13 as National Volunteer Week. In honor of this nationwide effort, we are kicking off a 1 Million Hour Challenge, in which residents are encouraged to volunteer 1 million hours of their time to causes close to their hearts.