On Wednesday, June 13, Mayor Elaine Gennawey and City Manager Kristine Ridge, along with other cities, participated in a daylong meeting with Federal Judge David Carter to discuss solutions to homelessness in Orange County.
The City of Laguna Niguel continues to be an active participant and leader in discussions about solutions for homelessness. While the greatest concentration of homeless individuals is in the North and Central part of Orange County, 2,298 compared to South County's 286, the City is taking steps to develop workable and appropriate solutions for homeless individuals within our community in collaboration with neighboring jurisdictions. For many years the City has provided grant funds to homeless and hunger prevention services providers such as Family Assistance Ministries and South County Outreach. Additionally, the City funds a Homeless Liaison Officer as part of our Sheriff's contract. The City is also working closely with service providers and local churches to identify services provided to avoid duplication of services and any unmet needs.