Kriz: A Record Thirty-Four People Died “Without Fixed Abode” in OC in April 2020, Now for God’s Sake Do Something!

A record Thirty-Four people died “without fixed abode” in OC last month, April 2020, eighty percent to one hundred percent more than then the year before. What to do? Let the State use FEMA funds to simply buy the near empty hotels needed to bring everybody indoors. To yet again do nothing, or next to nothing, is morally unfathomable.

Kriz: Twenty Three People Died “Without Fixed Abode” in OC in March 2020

Twenty three people died “without fixed abode” in OC in March 2020, with a clear uptick in deaths as the COVID-19 crisis arrived. Since then, OC has predictably lagged behind other counties in moving its homeless population off of the streets. Once again, we are faced with the question: Do we actually prefer to keep our poorest people sleeping on our streets, rather than do what is necessary to get them off of them? If we continue to choose to do nothing, or next to nothing, we continue to hurt those who are homeless and increasingly us.

Kriz: Twenty More People Died Homeless in OC in February. And Now Comes the Coronavirus.

We’re all consumed now by the Coronavirus. We’ve given up freedom of assembly and even of worship and yet we leave an immune-deficient population of thousands abandoned on the streets or crammed in “coffin boat” like warehouses. Don’t we realize that if we continue to do nothing, the Coronavirus will now be with us forever?

Kriz: Another 23 People Died “Without Fixed Abode” (Homeless) in OC in January 2020

Another 23 people died “without fixed abode,” that is homeless in OC in January 2020. During this time, as always, there have been lights and shadows in terms of progress. The City of Fullerton approved 4-1 a new 150 bed Recuperative Care / Navigation Center for the homeless, while there have been rumblings about repurposing the County’s old Fairview Mental Health Facility to multipurpose development. Fr Kriz warns that if the Fairview Facility is diminished from its original purpose as a residential mental health facility, then it would be equivalent to saying that Orange County prefers to keep hundreds of its most afflicted, yes, at times most problematic people, sleeping on its streets rather than indoors where they can be helped.

Kriz: Nineteen More Homeless Died in OC in November

Fr. Dennis Kriz, pastor of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Fullerton, writes that the county has about 1/3 of the beds needed to shelter its 7000-10000 homeless population. People continue to die on the street. In November, another 19 died without a fixed abode.

Kriz: Ten People Died in Orange County Without Fixed Abode in September

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 September. Kriz writes that both residents and advocates remain frustrated with the presence of large numbers of homeless individuals sleeping on local streets and while pressure seems to be forcing some official action it didn’t come soon enough for another 10 people this month.