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?
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.
Fr. Dennis Kriz, pastor of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Fullerton, writes that there are viable solutions to help the homeless find housing but it will require participation by those that own rental properties and willingness of elected official to put in place needed ordinances.
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.
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.
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.