Stats & Studies - Benefits of Permanent Supportive Housing

Why Permanent Supportive Housing works long-term

Jamboree residents thrive in permanent supportive housing.
How many are homeless in California?

In California, more than 118,142 men, women, and children go to bed homeless on any given night. Some 15,300 of them live in Orange County, where Jamboree is based. And, more than one-fourth of those experiencing homelessness throughout the Golden State live with a mental illness. Orange County is among the top 20 regions nationwide with the highest number of children, veterans, families, and those living with a disability that experience homelessness.

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How many are homeless in Orange County, CA?

Orange County’s homeless sheltered and unsheltered are proportionally similar to the national population. Approximately 49% are unsheltered, and 51% of homeless people counted are sheltered. That means some 4,792 go to bed homeless every night in Orange County. Of those, more than 570 are considered chronically homeless. That translates to 15,291 incidents of homelessness annually according to the latest Point in Time or PIT count.

What are special needs of the homeless?

More than statistics, each of these numbers tells a story. And many of those with a story of homelessness or at risk of homelessness have special needs. Often, these special needs include a serious mental illness – major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder.

What will help solve chronic homelessness?

Take a look at two differing perspectives: an experiment by the mayor of Aurora, CO, who lived on the streets for a week, and evidence that shows why housing first can end cycles of homelessness. While there are many perspectives on the cause of homelessness, a problem that affects millions nationwide, many leading advocates do agree on one thing: the evidence shows we can end chronic homelessness in the U.S. It may take many different approaches, but long-term solutions are not only possible, they are working well, helping to turn the tide for the thousands who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. These are people with a disabling condition who have been homeless for at least a year or have experienced multiple episodes of homelessness within the last three years.

At Jamboree, we believe Permanent Supportive Housing results in better outcomes and is more cost-effective than supporting homeless on the streets. Why? Simply put: Permanent Supportive Housing is permanent. It gives men, women, children, and families experiencing homelessness a place to call home permanently…not temporarily or transitionally.

What’s the evidence that Permanent Supportive Housing works?

Plus, through additional resources like the McKinney-Vento Act, federal legislation that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth, Jamboree worked with the Anaheim school district to house 48 homeless students and their families. Families living in crowded motel rooms or cars now have a permanent place to call home.

Read how moving to Rockwood ended one family’s 11 years of homelessness. Watch the Gordon family story.

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Curious about what’s needed to make a Permanent Supportive Housing development a reality in your city or neighborhood? We’d like to connect with you. Contact Roger Kinoshita, Jamboree's Vice President of Real Estate Acquisitions, to get the conversation started.

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