Orange County Homeless Funders Collaborative

The Background

The Orange County Continuum of Care (CoC) receives over $16 million annually from HUD to support services targeted to homeless individuals and families. Over the last five years HUD has continued to drive systems change work within each CoC. These system improvements include but are not limited to: evaluating system performance versus individual agency performance, focusing on ending homelessness, development and implementation of a Coordinated Entry System, shortening shelter stays, and reducing or eliminating barriers to access services. 

The Orange County homeless system of care needs to adjust to better meet the needs of the county’s homeless population. Homeless service providers have been engaged in community-wide discussions on opportunities for needed system change. Agencies are now at the point where they need funding toward capacity building in order to embark on individual agency transitions that will support countywide system change and enhancement. 

The Issue


The OC Homeless Funders Collaborative seeks to provide capacity building grant focused on broad-based technical assistance and overall systems change for Orange County homeless services providers. Funding supports systems improvement, specifically agencies' abilities to transition program design to create a more effective and efficient service delivery system. Organizations Funded must provide shelter services or be critical to analysis of shelter data in Orange County.

Allergan Foundation

Opus Community Foundation

Orange County Community Foundation

Orange County Children & Families Commission

Orange County United Way


Pacific Life Foundation

PIMCO Foundation

Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation

Tarsadia Foundation

Ueberroth Family Foundation

Western Digital Foundation

Funded Projects


Friendship Shelter in collaboration with Mercy House and Colette's Children's Home 

Grandma's House of Hope

Laura's House

Mercy House/Families Forward in collaboration with American Family Housing, Family Assistance Ministries, and Pathways of Hope and South County Outreach

The Eli Home

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