The clock is ticking to find a permanent solution for the nearly 700 homeless people recently moved from the Santa Ana Riverbed encampment to temporary motel rooms and larger tents in parking lots. The need for permanent solutions to homelessness is front and center.
More than ever, Jamboree is committed to permanent supportive housing with services as the permanent solution – something we’ve proved to be successful for more than a decade.
Cost study: proven solutions that cost less
Jamboree partnered with United Way Orange County to fund a new study conducted by the University of California, Irvine. The study reveals the true costs of homelessness to OC communities, cities and taxpayers.
How much does homelessness cost?
- The annual cost of services for a chronically homeless person on the street is $100,759. It's 50% cheaper – or $51,587 each year – to permanently house that same person and provide supportive services.
- Additionally, the annual cost of services for the most chronically homeless person on the street is $439,787. The annual cost to house that same person in permanent supportive housing with services is $55,332 – a cost savings of more than 88%!
Learn more about the study’s findings on OC’s homeless and how permanent supportive housing with ongoing services saves money and solves homelessness in the “Homelessness in Orange County: The Costs To Our Community" Infographic.
The true barriers to success
The results of the study dispel commonly held myths about who the homeless are and how their plight affects communities.
In addition, Jamboree’s experience with valuable partners has taught us that while housing options and approaches to homelessness have progressed, the process for getting permanent solutions built has not.
So, what are the real barriers? NIMBYism and outdated codes and restrictions that hamper the efforts of permanent solutions.
As Orange County’s largest developer of permanent supportive housing with services, Jamboree has developed more than 270 units for those formerly homeless. And, we’re ready to develop another 1,400 units in OC over the next three years.
Cities across Orange County are now coming together to plan to build 2,700 units of permanent supportive housing that would house approximately half of the county’s homeless.
Make a difference now
Together, let’s overcome our fears, dispel myths, find creative solutions to archaic codes and embrace our own humanity. A permanent solution is knocking on the door. Let’s work to end homelessness in OC.
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Help us end homelessness
Who do you know at your job, church, school or other areas of influence that needs to be part of this conversation? Invite us to your city hall, community center, or church for a custom presentation.
We have a proven solution and can demonstrate how and why we can successfully end homelessness in your city. In this county of creative, innovative, entrepreneurial leaders, let’s show the rest of California how it’s done. Let’s be the first to open that door to an opportunity to transform lives and strengthen our community.