- 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 City of Irvine will be able to assist an estimated 2,000 residents through the Rental Assistance Program. The application period will open on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020. The program is funded with federal CARES Act funding.
The City of Irvine is supporting a volunteer-driven "Irvine Neighbors Helping Irvine Neighbors" Food and School Supply Collection event on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event benefits Families Forward and collection will be at the Orange County Great Park.
In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health released guidance directing the immediate closure of indoor operations for select sectors in Orange County.
On Wednesday, June 24, Irvine City Manager John Russo, in his capacity as Director of Emergency Services, released an amended Executive Order requiring the use of face coverings.
This amendment aligns with new guidance from the California Department of Health.
City of Irvine released the 2020 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan for public review and comment. This Plan provides the City with access to grant funding opportunities from the Federal Emergency Management Agency intended to reduce vulnerabilities to future hazards and disasters.
The City of Irvine, following evolving State and County guidance, will begin to reopen City athletic fields for modified use, and offer day camps in community centers.
Together, we have taken the necessary means and measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Help us chronicle these moments in time, and showcase how our Irvine community continues to come together during this global health crisis by submitting photos of your experiences.
There has been much public interest in regards to wireless technology in the City in general, but more specifically focused on small cell wireless installations, and in particular what is referred to as 5G, or Fifth Generation Wireless.