SOCAHOC Housing Community Forum Creating Healthy and Sustainable Communities ORANGE COUNTY UNITED WAY Established in 1924 as Santa Ana Community Chest 1960s: Seventeen independent United Ways and United Funds in Orange County begin to merge 1984: All local United Ways merged into one entity: Orange County United Way Mission: To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County to strengthen OUR community UNITED WAY’S EVOLUTION… FROM Supporting a Family of Agencies TO Supporting Needed Programs Based on Community Assessment and Program Outcomes TO Mobilizing to Change Community Conditions BACKGROUND With our Board’s endorsement, United Way engaged in a strategic planning process beginning in May 2012 Four Board-level Committees were established focused on: Education, Income, Health and Housing A 6-month Committee and community stakeholder engagement process was held Look at other successful national models developed by United Way organizations UNIQUE AND EXPANDED ROLES FUND innovative and effective programs ADVOCATE for program and policy improvement COLLABORATE to create Collective Impact EDUCATE the broader Orange County community FACE 2024 GUIDING PRINCIPLES 1. Education, Income, Health & Housing are all Inextricably Intertwined 2. Focus on Children and Families 3. Improve Family Self-Sufficiency 4. Emphasize Prevention and Early Intervention 5. Build Public Awareness 6. Long-Term Commitment EDUCATION INCOME HEALTH HOUSING Our Aspiration: Ensure that every Orange County youth receives a high quality and relevant education Our Aspiration: Ensure local families have the capability to become financially stable Our Aspiration: Ensure the next generation in Orange County is the healthiest in the nation Our Aspiration: Eliminate homelessness for children and their families 10-Year Goal: Cut the high school dropout rate in half (from 9.5% to 5%) 10-Year Goal: Cut the % of financially unstable families by 25% 10-Year Goal: Increase by 1/3 the # of healthy youth in Orange County 10-Year Goal: Cut the % of homeless and housing insecure children in half POVERTY IN ORANGE COUNTY Official Poverty Measure California Poverty Measure 12.8% 24.3%* As calculated for Orange County by Stanford and Public Policy Institute of California EDUCATION Over 4,000 students drop out of high school each year By 2018, 60% of jobs will require post secondary education ECONOMIC IMPACT Compared to a high school dropout, a single high school graduate yields a public benefit of over $200,000 in lower government spending and higher tax revenues Over 4,000 Orange County high school students will drop out this year Fiscal impact: $800 Million! INCOME More than 300,000 or 11.7% below the “Official” Poverty Level Largest employment growth in the lower wage industries (e.g. hotel, restaurant and healthcare clusters) HEALTH 226,000 residents are “food insecure” More than 1/3 of our youth are overweight or obese 1 of every 6 Orange County residents is uninsured (as of 11/13) HOUSING More than 12,700 face homelessness annually, and on any given night, almost 4,300 people are homeless Over 1,300 children live in motels Over 30,542 students are considered homeless or housing insecure Affording a one bedroom apartment on minimum wage would require 124 hours of work per week HOUSING- LOCAL 211 CALLERS WITHIN 1 YEAR Nearly 400 Veterans seeking housing 5,211 people seeking transitional housing shelters Nearly 5,000 requests for rental payment assistance 1,800+ requests for motel vouchers 1600+ seeking cold weather shelters 4,000+ in need of utilities payment assistance WHO NEEDS AFFORDABLE HOUSING? Recent College Graduates Teachers Construction workers Police and Firefighters Nurses and Medical and Dental Assistants Receptionists Food Service Personnel Small Business Owners IMPACT OF HOMELESS & HOUSING INSECURITY Home ownership is unattainable for nearly 1/2 of Orange County households High housing costs mean fewer resources are available for things like food, medical care, education or childcare Being forced into double and triple occupancies, leads to high-stress living situations, affecting health, safety and children’s school work HOUSING SOLUTIONS “Rapid re-housing” strategy moves people into permanent housing as quickly as possible and improves access to affordable, permanent housing, lessens the burden on shelters and helps residents retain their dignity Affordable apartment housing, defined as spending 30% or less of total income on rent FUNDING GOALS & STRATEGIES Act as an Independent Backbone Organization Coordinated Assessment & Centralized Intake System Hire a Housing Resource Specialist Support Rapid Re-Housing Programs Support Homelessness Prevention ADVOCACY GOALS & STRATEGIES Support housing policies to end homelessness and increase affordable housing Develop affordable housing advocacy plan with local advocacy groups Establishing partnerships with local public housing authorities to allocate housing choice vouchers Work with apartment associations and communities to endorse Rapid-Re-housing COLLABORATION GOALS & STRATEGIES Work with partners to problem solve on affordability and availability of housing inventory Convene a coalition of stakeholders to support 10year housing goal Evaluate homeless data to ensure efficient and effective service delivery and development of a Coordinated Assessment & Centralized Intake EDUCATION GOALS & STRATEGIES Commission a cost study/countywide report on the cost of homelessness Develop volunteer engagement opportunities to educate corporate partners Provide technical assistance for retooling/ repurposing transitional housing stock to permanent supportive housing or Rapid Re-Housing CREATE HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES United Way’s focus is to provide leadership and funding to drive collective impact on family homelessness and affordable housing solutions in Orange County COLLECTIVE IMPACT: UNITING AROUND A COMMON GOAL Communities working together to solve problems Structured form of collaboration Coordinate efforts to work toward a defined goal Cross-sector coalition are required to make meaningful changes 5 CONDITIONS OF COLLECTIVE IMPACT COLLECTIVE IMPACT IS WORKING Shape Up Somerville, MA significantly reduced childhood obesity within 3 years So. Urban Seattle is on track to double the number of students on track to graduate with a postsecondary degree or credential by 2020 Franklin County, MA reduced substance abuse alcohol (37%) Marijuana (31%) for teens in 30 towns United Ways across the country are using the model THANK YOU!