Fr. Dennis Kriz, Pastor at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, provides the August count for those who died on our streets “without fixed abode,” aka homeless. 19 deaths in August would make last month the deadliest month for OC’s homeless since February.
Fr. Dennis Kriz, Pastor at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, provides the July count for those who died on our streets “without fixed abode,” aka homeless. The fifteen people who died last month brings the total of people who died “without fixed abode” in Orange County to 113 since January 1, 2019.
Fr. Dennis Kriz, pastor of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Fullerton, provides a count of those who died without a fixed abode in Orange County in May. He also questions how shelters are being funded, why more housing units are not being built and why tax incentives are not created to help with the homeless population.
Fr. Dennis Kriz, Pastor at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Fullerton, writes that as the homeless continue to die on the street
many in public office across the County and in our cities simply don’t consider the situation to be urgent.
Federal District Judge David O. Carter checks in with the County of Orange and local cities this week to gauge progress on homelessness. Carter declared a public emergency earlier this year following the news that more than 200 homeless people died over the last year, just ahead of a scathing ACLU report on conditions at county shelters, which are overcrowded because of the lack of progress on establishing permanent supportive housing.
Fr. Dennis Kriz initiates a statement that attracts 191 initial signatories calling for the improvement of the dignity of the emerging emergency homeless shelter system in Orange County. The signatories include both human rights activists and organizations as well as a broad cross section of the Interfaith Community (Catholic, Islamic, Jewish, Protestant, Unitarian) of Orange County.
Mohammed Aly, a local resident and executive director of the Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition, writes that doing nothing about homelessness is no longer an option. Given the progress of a federal lawsuit on homelessness in Orange County, Aly argues that cities like Tustin, which tonight will consider approving for construction 54 affordable rental units and 60 permanent supportive affordable rental units, can no longer refuse to provide housing opportunities for low income people.