The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that all Continuum of Care jurisdictions across the nation complete a biennial unsheltered count and an annual sheltered count of all individuals experiencing homelessness in the community on a single point in time during the last ten days of January. Orange County’s 2019 Sheltered Point in Time Count took place the night of January 22, 2019. The 2019 Unsheltered Count process took place over two days, January 23 and January 24, to ensure the 800 square mile County jurisdiction was canvassed effectively. The results of the 2019 Point in Time Count can be accessed here. Twenty-four (24) unsheltered individuals were counted within Laguna Hills during the 2 day 2019 Point in Time Count.
The City of Laguna Hills approved a contract with nonprofit Mercy House to provide homeless outreach services in Laguna Hills. The goal of outreach is to develop relationships with homeless families and individuals so that they can receive the assistance to navigate community resources. Often times the relationship that outreach staff develop with clients is the catalyst that leads the clients to accepting the help that they desperately need. Mercy House staff are able to provide ID vouchers, transportation assistance, and other material goods in addition to resource referrals. In addition, an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy is assigned as a Homeless Liaison Officer within the City of Laguna Hills. Both the Homeless Liaison Officer and the Mercy House outreach worker work in coordination to get homeless individuals off the streets.
To access City resources related to homelessness in Laguna Hills please call or email: