In January 2018, La Palma contracted with City Net to provide homeless street outreach and case management services as part of the city’s participation in the North Orange County Public Safety Task Force. The task force was established in July 2017 in state budget negotiations for the region by District 29 State Senator Josh Newman.
The task force brings state funding into the region over a period of four years for the purposes of addressing gang prevention and homelessness intervention at the local level. The task force will collectively administer a pilot program to address these issues and find regional solutions.
As part of its contract with La Palma, City Net will engage in services to reach out to unsheltered homeless neighbors in the city, connect them with emergency shelter, housing, or critical services and provide urgent, non-facility-based care.
City Net has worked in north Orange County since 2014 to help thousands of homeless neighbors to obtain appropriate supportive services, including assistance in obtaining permanent housing, medical health treatment, mental health treatment, counseling, supervision, and other services essential for achieving independent living; housing stability case management; and access to other Federal, State, local, or private assistance available to assist homeless neighbors in obtaining housing stability.
Overall, more than 2,100 homeless neighbors have exited the streets through the collaborative efforts led by City Net and hundreds of regional service provider partners, with a retention rate of 93% after 12 months.