On OC: Funding Homelessness

Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., interviews Jack Toan, vice president at Wells Fargo. A leader in Orange County and part of Well’s Fargo’s Corporate Responsibility team, Toan is working with the United Way on funding UC Irvine cost studies on homelessness. He talks about the challenges in the philanthropic community around funding programs on housing.

On OC: Enhancing Public Safety in Santa Ana

Sean Garcia-Leys and Eric Lam from the Urban Peace Institute talk about their ongoing assessment of local policing, a Sept. 26 public forum in Santa Ana to discuss public safety and the broader prospects for enhancing public safety without breaking the public budget.

On OC: Funding Mental Health in Orange County

Matt Holzmann, vice chair for Orange County’s Mental Health Board, talks about the unique opportunity facing public officials in Orange County to create a national funding and programming model for mental health programming at every spectrum, from those facing an immediate crisis, to those in need of permanent supportive housing.

On OC: Yes In My Backyard on Housing

Elizabeth Hansburg, who started a chapter of the group, Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY), in Orange County, talks with On OC about her goal of getting elected officials to stand behind affordable housing construction – even when there’s political heat.

On OC: How Anaheim Tackles Homelessness

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait talks about how the City of Anaheim has approached homelessness, given the fact that most federal and state funds go to the County of Orange. The answer, Tait, said has come from the non-profit sector, providing things like drug treatment, jobs programs, basic sheltering and affordable housing. Yet Tait said big employers like Disneyland and the County of Orange both need to step up on the issue.