Homelessness Information & Resources
The City of Yorba Linda has adopted a multi-pronged approach to homelessness to ensure the rights and dignity of those experiencing homelessness as well as the safety and comfort of residents and business owners.
North Orange County Service Planning Area
In an effort to comply with a Federal Mandate as well a recent case law, Martin vs. Boise (2018), the North Orange County Service Planning Area ("North SPA") has been collaborating on a regional approach to address homelessness in the North SPA, which includes identifying suitable locations for multiple shelters to provide homeless neighbors in the region with needed services. In addition to the City of Yorba Linda, the North SPA is comprised of the Cities of:
- Buena Park
- La Habra
- La Palma
- Los Alamitos
- Villa Park
The North SPA has opened two Navigation Centers, one in Buena Park and one in Placentia, to serve the North Orange County homeless population. The Navigation Centers not only provide housing for those experiencing homelessness but provide health resources, job and social skills training, and opportunities to reunite with family and friends. The Navigation Centers' goal is to integrate North Orange County’s homeless to become productive members of society while decreasing the number of homeless individuals in public areas.
What Yorba Linda is Doing to Prevent Homelessness
In addition to the City of Yorba Linda's involvement in the North SPA, the City has initiatives in place to abate homelessness.
Bridges at Kraemer Place
The Bridges at Kraemer Place is a year-round emergency shelter located in Anaheim. A member of the Yorba Linda City Council is appointed to represent the City of Yorba Linda on the Orange County Bridges at Kraemer Place Community Advisory Board.
Behavioral Health Liaisons
Through the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Behavioral Health Liaisons (BHL), the City has its own "BHL" assigned to Yorba Linda. BHL's are Deputies assigned to patrol and other assignments who recognize the need in the community for the rapid provision of resources to the homeless community. They receive additional training on mental illness and how to connect the homeless population with available services and resources.
Affordable Housing Program
Since the inception of its housing programs, the City has assisted in the provision of hundreds ofns (BHL) Program affordable housing units, extending both home ownership and rental housing opportunities to low and moderate-income households within the community at large.
Interacting with Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
- Do answer questions with a firm "No"
- Do treat homeless individuals with respect
- Do make donations or volunteer with organizations helping people experiencing homelessness
- Do not encourage panhandling by giving money
- Do not allow anyone to camp or loiter on private property, including HOA property
The City of Yorba Linda encourages residents to give if they choose but give responsibly. By donating to a charity that serves those experiencing homelessness rather than directly to the individual, it encourages the individual to reach out to an organization ready and able to bring long-term help.
County of Orange
The County of Orange provides a variety of behavioral and mental health programs to assist homeless individuals.
2-1-1 OC is a central point for public information, including times of disaster to help those affected find recovery assistance. Individuals needing assistance can dial 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898211 for resources.
Orange County Health Care Agency Shelter Programs
Orange County Health Care Agency administers several shelters.