Background & FAQs
The City of Stanton’s effort to enforce our anti-camping ordinances was significantly impeded through the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th District in the case of Martin v. City of Boise. It held that local government’s enforcement of its anti-camping ordinance against homeless persons violate the individual rights protected by the 8th Amendment if the local city lacked sufficient overnight shelter facilities. This ruling was locally leveraged in Orange County Catholic Worker et al. v. Orange County et al., filed in U.S. District Court that in effect stopped all 34 cities in Orange County from enforcement of their anti-camping ordinances. Based on a formula set by the ruling, the City of Stanton must provide emergency shelter beds in order for the City to enforce anti-camping codes.
The City partnered with City Net to provide homeless outreach and in-reach services.
City Net and Stanton Police Services continued to conduct weekly outreach and in-reach services in Stanton. Weekly street cleaning and disinfecting of our public sidewalks to combat the pandemic. The Buena Park Navigation Center opened in July of 2020 and restored our ability to enforce our anti-camping ordinance. July 15, 2020 was determined the deadline to exit encampment sites. In September, the City hired its first full-time Outreach Coordinator to work with unhoused individuals and connect them to resources and information to work towards permanent housing.
The City hired three additional full-time Outreach Coordinators to provide seven-day-a-week services, expanding our efforts and increasing our ability to facilitate linkages to vital resources.
KEYWORDS WE USE WHEN DESCRIBING HOMELESSNESS
A collaborative and client-centered approach to service provision for persons experiencing homelessness. In this approach, a case worker assesses the needs of the client (and potentially their families) and when appropriate, arranges, coordinates, and advocates for delivery and access to a range of programs and services to address the individual’s needs.
Interventions that seek to strengthen community safety by responding to the crimes and community disorder issues associated with the importing, manufacturing, cultivating, distributing, possessing and using legal and illegal substances.
Staying in overnight emergency shelters designed for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Homelessness describes the situation of an individual, family or community without stable, safe, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means, and ability of acquiring it. It is the result of systemic or societal barriers, a lack of affordable and appropriate housing, the individual/household’s financial, mental, cognitive, behavioral, or physical challenges, and/or racism and discrimination. Most people do not choose to be homeless, and the experience is generally negative, unpleasant, unhealthy, unsafe, stressful, and distressing.
Unlike traditional homeless shelters that provide only beds, a Navigation Center provides comprehensive services to its clients, including health and wellness resources, employment assistance, substance abuse services, and counseling. Case managers work with clients to connect them to stable income, permanent housing and, ultimately, self-sufficiency. The Navigation Centers have “controlled access” of clients from North Orange County cities, meaning they receive clients only from authorized referring agencies and only accept homeless clients from North Orange County cities. There only allow transportation in and out for client referrals, meaning no walk-ins or walk-outs are allowed.
Point-in-Time (PiT) counts
A “snapshot” of the number of people experiencing homelessness on a specific date (usually one day but occasionally up to a week) in a community.
An approach to housing that is similar to Housing First as it has no “readiness requirement.” This approach is best suited for people experiencing episodic and transitional homelessness, however.
Housing that has enough bedrooms for the size and composition of the resident household, according to National Occupancy Standard (NOS) requirements.
Refers to short-term homelessness, usually less than a month.
Refers to supportive, yet temporary type of accommodation that is meant to bridge the gap from homelessness to permanent housing by offering structure, supervision, support, life skills, education, etc.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN ORANGE COUNTY?
The majority of Orange County’s homeless, whether male or female, are U.S. citizens and long-term Orange County residents of over 10 years. Please see below for various point-in-time counts:
2017 City of Stanton Point in Time Count Report (211)
2017 Stanton Homeless Census Report
2020 Stanton Encampments Census
Stanton NOC Census Data
WHERE ARE SHELTERS & NAVIGATION CENTERS LOCATED?
Bridges at Kraemer Place
Location: 1000 N. Kraemer Place, Anaheim, CA 92806
Yale Navigation Center
Location: 2229 S. Yale St., Santa Ana, CA 92704
WHAT CAN I DO AS A BUSINESS OWNER?
If you are an owner or operator of a business or commercial property and have concerns regarding issues of criminal activity on your property, there are resources available to help you in addressing your issues successfully. Below is a list of who to call in the most common situations:
WHEN TO CALL OC SHERIFFS (Non-emergency) AT (714) 647-7000
- Drug activity or the presence of drugs or paraphernalia
- Impeding access to businesses or public right-of-way
- Abandoned shopping carts or other unclaimed property
- Excessive trash, debris, and other outdoor storage
Any criminal or non-criminal situations where the public feels threatened and/or is in need of immediate police or fire response.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Thank you for your interest in helping those experiencing homelessness in Stanton. You can find connections to agencies whose missions are to end homelessness and strengthen families at StantonCA.gov/Give.
Both the Stanton Family Resource Center and our Homeless Outreach Coordinators accept in-kind donations to support our clients. We gladly accept the following: new and unopened clothing and bedding, hygiene items, gifts cards (grocery, transportation, gas, housing), diapers & wipes, baby formula, and shelf-stable food items. To coordinate a drop off, please call the Stanton Family Resource Center at (714) 379-0129.
WHAT IS THE NORTH ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE?
The North Orange County Public Safety Task Force, which is comprised of the North Orange County cities, law enforcement agencies, and non-profits, focuses on regional solutions to complex local issues and has developed strategies and promising practices to effectively address homelessness in North Orange County. Through the North Orange County Public Safety Task Force, the region partners with designated City Outreach Workers. The Outreach Workers provide comprehensive coordination of street outreach efforts, uniting the cities' non-profits, businesses, and advocates on a regional solution. Through our weekly outreach, case management, and access to resources, the City Outreach Workers focuses on getting people into stable housing with supportive services.
The North Orange County cities, comprised of the 13 cities, have agreed on a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to identify a governance structure, terms, schedule, and ongoing funding for the maintenance and operations of these Navigation Centers.
MOU - NORTH SERVICE PLANNING AREA (SPA)
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE MARTIN V. CITY OF BOISE RULING & ITS AFFECTS
On September 4, 2018, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the City of Boise’s “anti- camping” ordinance banning sleeping outdoors is unconstitutional if the people it affects have no other options available. The Ninth Circuit Court agreed that the city violated plaintiffs' Eighth Amendment rights when it issued citations for sleeping or camping in public. As a result, cities would not be allowed to enforce such laws if they did not provide housing options/resources, such as Navigation Centers.
If the City of Stanton does not comply with the mandate to add emergency housing options, the City cannot legally keep the homeless from creating an encampment in public areas, such as City Hall, senior centers, local parks, and neighborhood sidewalks, including sidewalks in front of residents’ homes.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT CATHOLIC WORKER V. COUNTY OF ORANGE
On October 29, 2018, the City of Orange reached a settlement agreement with the plaintiff’s “Orange County Catholic Worker.” The lawsuit relates to the County of Orange’s clearing of homeless individuals along the Santa Ana River Trail in early 2018.
Settling the lawsuit allowed North Orange County cities to continue enforcement of anti-camping, public property storage laws, and public park hours and regulations. The settlement will allow local law enforcement and code enforcement officers to uphold and enforce local and state laws while working to place people in shelters and housing with wraparound services.
To continue to enforce anti-camping and public property storage rules, Federal Judge David Carter indicated that the North Orange County cities needed to provide a homeless housing plan and provide 200 shelter beds to the region’s homeless population. The homeless population is based on the 2017 Point- in-Time Count conducted by the County of Orange.
HMIS GRIEVANCE FORM
If you feel a violation of your rights as an HMIS client has occurred or you disagree with a decision made about your
“Protected HMIS Information” you may complete this form. Complete this form only after you have exhausted the
grievance procedures at the agency you have a grievance with. It is against the law for any agency to take retaliatory
action against you if you file this grievance. You can expect a response within 30 days via the method of your choice.
English: HMIS Grievance Form
Spanish: Formulario de Queja del HMIS
OC HMIS PRIVACY NOTICE
Our organization collects and shares information about individuals who access our services. The information is confidentially stored in a local electronic database called the Orange County Homeless Management Information System (OC HMIS). The OC HMIS securely records information (data) about persons accessing housing and homeless services in Orange County. We ask for your permission to share confidential personal information that we collect about you and your family. This confidential information is referred to as Protected Personal Information (PPI). We are required to protect the privacy of your PPI by complying with the privacy practices described in this Privacy Notice.
English: PRIVACY NOTICE
Spanish: AVISO DE PRIVACIDAD