Several hundred children and families attended the Children’s Health and Resource Fair held Saturday, November 14th at Mitchell Child Development Center in Santa Ana. Children received free dental, asthma and developmental screenings. Santa Ana’s School Readiness Nurses measured children’s height, weight and BMI. In addition, families received assistance with health insurance, information on vision screenings, programs for new mothers, and tips on healthy eating and cooking.

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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.