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Our Mission Statement
The HOPE Center of Orange County is a ground-breaking multi-city, multi-disciplinary partnership that seeks to establish community-wide coordination and standardization in homeless outreach and engagement by centralizing resources, coordinating responses, and integrating data.
Our Mission is to help individuals experiencing homelessness in the North Orange County Service Planning Area (SPA) gain more reliable relief and consistent support. The HOPE Center’s mantra is “The right resource to the right person at the right time.” We work diligently to align the efforts and strategies of North Orange County cities, community-based organizations, behavioral health street practitioners, and community health workers to improve the capacity of the homeless services system to effectively plan, manage, and allocate resources so that responses are appropriate and expedient.
Meet Our Amazing Team
Guillermo Mendez Clara
Guillermo has been working in homeless services since 2019.
He graduated with a bachelor’s in Criminology from California State University, Long Beach.
He began working in the largest homeless shelter in Orange County, which housed over 400 individuals. He then transitioned into street outreach with a local non-profit agency in the City of Santa Ana.
Shortly after, he was given the opportunity to conduct street outreach at the city level with the City of Stanton.
At the City of Stanton, Guillermo was involved in early conversations in what is now the HOPE Center of Orange County, and the agency’s mission to address homelessness.
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A word from our governor.
“I’m extraordinarily enthusiastic about what this state has done to seed real reforms and real strategies to support novel programs like this that are all about data… all about outcomes… creating platforms – literally and figuratively – of engagement… breaking down silos… and creating partnerships.”
– Governor Gavin Newsom