Investments in Homeless Prevention Network Keep Children and Families off the Streets

Commission meeting, commissioners reinforced the importance of investing in a system of care for homeless children and families by allocating approximately $1.49 million to a number of important programs and services. A variety of providers use different strategies to address the multiple causes of homelessness, and Commissioners were sensitive to taking immediate action and directing resources that range from capital project funding in partnership with Home Aid Orange County to start-up funding for new shelter beds. The breadth of services is designed to reach children and families who live in motels or transitional shelters. A major short-term priority is keeping children and families out of the County’s Cold Weather Emergency Shelters. The Commission’s action to add funding will help ensure that we achieve this goal during the upcoming winter season.

WEATHERING THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN: NEW REPORT PROVIDES CONTEXT & PERSPECTIVE

10th Annual Community Indicators report released today

(Irvine, CA): The 2009 Orange County Community Indicators report was presented to the Board of Supervisors today, marking the 10th anniversary of the report that tracks countywide trends in economy and business, technology, education, health, public safety, environment, and civic engagement. Examining historical strengths and weaknesses through these indicators helps to point the way forward. As seen through the 10-year trend data, Orange County recovered from the most recent economic slump in 2001, suggesting that Orange County will bounce back from today’s difficult economy as well.

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$3 Million Allocated To Successful Children’s Dental Program

IRVINE, Calif. – (December 6, 2006) – The Children and Families Commission of Orange County approved an additional $3 million through 2010 to fund Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County. This makes for a total contribution exceeding $6 million. The program provides pediatric dental prevention programs and services to children in Orange County. In addition to Commission funded services, Healthy Smiles is the host site for the new USC School of Dentistry’s pediatric dental residency program, which will train new dentists to serve young children.

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