OC HOPE Center; Fullerton Man Homeless Since 2014 Gets Housing

Dec 28, 2023

Donald was a long-term homeless individual in the city of Fullerton. He had been homeless since 2014, but had only started accepting shelter in 2019. Due to his mental health issues, he was unable to accept housing.

Donald went from shelter to shelter until 2022, when he engaged with Orange County’s Health Care Agency’s Outreach and Engagement team and was connected to their medical clinic to work on stabilizing his mental health and obtaining housing.  However, due to the severity of his mental health and lack of phone or point of contact, the O&E team needed further assistance with supporting Donald. HOPE Center stepped in to assist with transportation and locating Donald when needed.

Donald a Fullerton homeless man

Together, O&E and HOPE Center were able to get Donald’s documents for housing as well as getting his social security income re-instated. While Donald waited for a housing opportunity, O&E also successfully referred Donald to Volunteers of America (VOA’s) care coordination.

In September 2023, Donald was approved to move into the new Permanent Supportive Housing units known as Clara Vista Apartments. The VOA care coordination team then assisted Donald with getting to his housing appointments and filling out necessary paperwork.

On December 28, 2023, Donald was approved for move-in. HOPE Center helped him move his belongings and settle into his new apartment. Donald remains in contact with the HOPE Center team and has expressed his gratitude and is happy to have a home.