OC Supervisors Send a Lifeline to People Facing Evictions and Homelessness

Orange County Supervisors have approved a new Homelessness Prevention and Stabilization Pilot Program aimed at helping at-risk individuals keep a roof over their head, Voice of OC reports.  

The program was developed by Supervisor Vicente Sarmiento. He is using $3 million from his district's discretionary funds to help pay for the initiative.

To be eligible, a person must prove they are in the process of being evicted or earn less than 30% of the county’s median income (around $36,000 a year per household). Priority will be given to seniors and single parents. 

Each program participant will receive no more than $11,000 to use for late rent and utility bills along with other basic needs like groceries. The program will benefit 200 people, with the average enrollment period lasting 12 months. 

The program will run for one year, but could possibly be extended.

Evictions have expanded dramatically since the expiration of COVID-19 protections, contributing to the growing problem of homelessness. According to a study by the nonprofit OC United Way, 3,000 OC residents were evicted from their homes in 2022.