Yesterday I had the opportunity to recognize HomeAid Orange County as a part of California Nonprofits Day organized by CalNonprofits. HomeAid does excellent work in my district dealing with a cause I've long fought for: ending homelessness. The award was accepted on behalf HomeAID by Scott Larson, their Executive Director. Years ago, Scott succeeded me as Chair on the Commission to End Homelessness in Orange County.
Here is a description of HomeAid:
HomeAid Orange County was created in 1989 by the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Orange County Chapter. HomeAid is the only community-based organization that has successfully completed 60 building and renovating development projects throughout Orange County, as well as across the entire homeless Continuum of Care spectrum, providing facilities that range from emergency shelters, to transitional/bridge housing, to permanent supportive housing. These projects have successfully transformed over 60,000 lives.
HomeAid's vision to end homelessness starts at the core – where does someone go when they suddenly find themselves without a home? When the crisis of becoming suddenly homeless occurs, HomeAid's purpose is to ensure that housing is available throughout the community and families have an immediate safety net where they can find resources and the assistance needed to get back on their feet. By strategically developing what is needed most in Orange County to serve those in need, HomeAid is able to move towards the goal of ending homelessness, one person and one family at a time.