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Homelessness has become a critical focus for many communities across the nation. The City of Dana Point understands the need to coordinate resources to provide services to improve the situation of homeless individuals and families living in our community.  Through the recent community survey, the City learned responding to the number of homeless in Dana Point is ranked among the most important services the City can provide.

Currently, Police Services, the Public Works Department and the City Manager’s office are coordinating on a daily basis to address the situation.  In addition to City staff’s efforts, the City is contracted with Mercy House to provide outreach services on a part-time basis.  You can reach the outreach worker by calling (949) 441-6269.

At the direction of the Dana Point City Council, a Homeless Task Force has been formalized, through Resolution 17-09-19-03, for the purposes of working jointly with our neighboring cities, the County of Orange, nonprofit organizations, and other engaged public agencies, to create a sustainable, measurable program to eliminate the necessity of homelessness in the Dana Point regional area.

To learn more about the business of the Homeless Task Force click here.  On October 25, 2017 a report was given to the Homeless Task Force by Larry Haynes, Executive Director of Mercy House on the details of the Dana Point homeless population and recommendations to consider. The presentation can be viewed here.

Community Work Plan to Address Homelessness

On June 5, 2018 the City Council adopted the Community Work Plan to Address Homelessness.  We are asking that the public look at the plan and provide feedback on the document.  Please let us know what you like, dislike or if there was something you felt needed to be addressed further.  Please provide your feedback by emailing outreach@danapoint.org.   

July 2018 Statistics

Measurement Jul-18
Outcome: Reduce the number of individuals on the streets of Dana Point
Total number of individuals contacted by Outreach 29
Number of individuals housed (permanent, rental, shelter, treatment) 2018 9
Number of individuals fallen out of housing programs 2018 4
Number of individuals who have been assessed for housing (active and inactive) 2018 15
Number of housed client follow up visits made by outreach 7
Number of active clients working with outreach 35
Number of individuals given prevention/diversion or housing resources 5
Number of non-resident individuals reconnected to their support system 0
Number of SLH/RRF releases that involved overnight support 0
Number of individuals that are SLH/RRF releases 7
Number of individuals that are early-releases from the criminal justice system 0
Outcome: Dana Point’s Public Spaces are welcoming and safe for residents and visitors
Number of ‘bins’ used to store property collected from public spaces 1.5
Number of hours spent by Public Works Crews addressing abandon property and engaging with homeless 29
Outcome: Dana Point’s residents are well informed of homeless issues
Number of hits to the city’s Homelessness website 147
Number of public information announcements/ communications efforts 5
Outcome: Dana Point’s Homeless say safe, healthy, law abiding while awaiting housing and services
Number of individuals deceased 0
Number of collaborative engagements with County Health Care Workers, Dana Point Police Services and other agencies assisting with case management. 73

*Will update number of South County supportive housing units in the pipeline as soon as it is available.

To find what resources are available please click here.  

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For more information on...

The FAQs of Homelessness in Dana Point click here 

The effects of AB 109, Prop 47 and Prop 57 click here

Taking Back Our Community click here

Responsible Compassion click here

Dana Point Homes for the Homeless click here

Homelessness throughout the nation please visit https://endhomelessness.org/

Information on the County of Orange Care Coordination efforts click here

For more questions or concerns about this Community Outreach effort please contact us at outreach@danapoint.org

Dana Point Homeless Task Force Members

Dana Point City Council

Paul Wyatt

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce

Bev Jorgensen

California State Parks

Rich Haydon

Dana Point Harbor

Shannon Levin

Dana Point Harbor Merchants Assoc

Kim Tilly

Dana Point Planning Commission

Dani Murphy

South Coast Water District

Rick Erkeneff

County of Orange

Susan Price (or designee)

County of Orange Health Care Agency

Larry Pritchett

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Wayne Yost

Dohney Village Merchant Association

Jim Surber

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