For the second year in a row, 211 OC again commissioned an independent study of 42 OC nonprofits and 108 programs that are part of the County’s Continuum of Care plan to address the needs of the homeless and low income families and individuals residing here. 211 OC compared financial data and client data over a 3 year time frame. SPIN was informed of the following:
· 92% of SPIN’s clients exited its programs for permanent housing as intended
· None of the clients that exited to permanent housing returned to homelessness
· SPIN outperformed the plan, i.e. the goals of the Continuum of Care.
Interesting Facts Regarding Homeless Families
Report by the National Center on Family Homelessness
From the OC Register, Monday November 17, 2014
- Child homelessness in the U.S. at an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30.
- Nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013.
- California has 1/8th of the U.S. population but accounts for 1/5th of the homeless children with a tally of nearly 527,000
- State by state report blames it on the nation's high poverty rate, lack of affordable housing and pervasive domestic violence.
- Child homelessness increased by 8 percent nationally from 2012-2013, according to the report which warned of potentially devastating effects on children's education, emotional and social development, as well as on their parernt's health, employment prospects and parenting abilities.
Homeless children surviving on the streets of Orange County. 1 in 6 children in Orange County lives in poverty. Orange County has more homeless per capita than Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have the highest percentage of unstably housed children in California.
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A Home for Christmas - Recent Thank You letter from SPIN Family
Dear SPIN Board and Staff Members,
I found myself homeless with three children after losing my job because of a slowdown in business. I could no longer pay the rent and so we moved constantly from motels to friends homes and on many days and nights, I had no idea where we could go. The living situations began to take a toll on my children. They weren't near their friends. Sometimes they had to do their homework in the car. I got a new job and looked for places to rent, but I couldn't put enough money together to pay the deposit and first months rent. Finally someone told me about SPIN, an organization that helps families like me and my children. I met with a case worker who reviewed my application which included a job history, housing history, income, debts, etc. Two days later, SPIN agreed to pay the moving costs and in return all I had to do was meet with my case manager, work on getting a better paying job with their job developer, stay within my budget, and work on cleaning up my credit issues. Right away I started to look for housing and found one that I really liked. I told the landlord the situation and my SPIN case manager called him and explained what SPIN would do to help me get back on my feet. I filled out the application for housing and the landlord told me he would look it over and call me. I didn't tell my kids SPIN could help us because I was so afraid we would be dissapointed again. Days went by and I heard nothing. I called and left messages. Finally the landlord called and said he was sorry and had rented it to another family who was more qualified but if it could help, I could use him as a reference. Whenever I looked sad, my kids would tell me "I'll pray that we get a home soon, mom". A few more days went by and I received a call from the landlord who said "Hi Joanne, just calling to tell you I told the other family about your situation and they said I should give the apartment to you. They have other options and you and your family need a home. Tell your kids it was all God. He wanted you and your family to have this apartment". I decided to tell the children when we got back to our friends home after I had picked them up from school. I knew they would start crying and everyone we passed would stare and wonder what was going on. That afternoon walking back from the childrens school, we passed a hardware store with doormats in a stack outside. My son looked at one which read home and he said maybe soon we will have a home mom. I couldn't wait. I looked at all three kids and said "But we do. We'll have a home for Christmas". And just as I knew they would, they smiled and cried at the same time. We cannot thank SPIN enough for all they have done for us. We have a home not just for the holidays but even after that.