THE SALVATION ARMY PRESENTS THE
CENTER OF HOPE
The Center of Hope is a comprehensive solution that combines a 325 bed low barrier emergency shelter with 72 permanent supportive housing apartments, onsite medical and dental care alongside an award-winning 175-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.
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The Center of Hope is a comprehensive solution, modeling a public/private partnership that leverages a 325-bed low-barrier emergency shelter, 72-bed permanent supportive housing, onsite medical and dental care, alongside an award-winning 175-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center – all at one location – a campus of freedom, a very Center of Hope. The campus, including four distinct facilities comprising over 190,000 square feet of program space on 6.9 acres, will transition thousands of homeless individuals annually from a life on the streets to a life of sustainable physical, emotional and spiritual health and ultimate autonomy. The result will be transformed lives, safer neighborhoods and business districts, and the real prospect of an end to chronic homelessness in our community.
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CHALLENGES IN ORANGE COUNTY
By The Numbers
Orange County possesses one of the highest income inequality values in the Greater Los Angeles area.
people experienced homelessness in 2019
of children live below the poverty line
people in Orange County’s opulation
More than 384,000 residents of Orange County live in poverty
of homeless are unsheltered
The goal is not only to provide shelter for people living in the streets, but to provide comprehensive resources that make sustainable life change possible.
Together we can break the cycle and meet human need in God’s name without discrimination. The Center of Hope is an ambitious, $60 million response to a high-profile community homeless epidemic. It is a 325-bed emergency and permanent supportive housing with medical and dental care facilities, a pet care center, and a 600-seat multi-purpose center to also serve as a chapel.
The Homeless Throughput System is comprised of three major movements: Intervention, Transition, and Re-Integration.
For ease of communication, these three elements are visually organized around a classic baseball diamond, demonstrating both the progress of each step and the need for continual advancement to achieve success, “Safely Home.”
A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH
The Homeless Throughput System seeks to get people off the streets and reintegrated back into the community. The goal is for each individual to spend three to six months in the center’s facilities to complete the program.
In the first base, the homeless are expected to spend about 60 to 90 days in the low-barrier emergency shelter before being placed in supportive housing, which is second base. In third base, the residents will be enrolled in a “life transformation program” that focuses on achieving sobriety, mental wellness, and work training. This prepares them to be self-sufficient and contributing members of society once again.
PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
Each furnished studio will be approximately 400 square feet and will include a small, equipped kitchen and a bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower. Additional apartment amenities will include a community room, social services offices, computer room, and laundry. The permanent supportive housing will target homeless single adult men and women, veterans and nonveterans, at or below 30% or 40% of area median income.
The Salvation Army is particularly qualified to develop and operate the PSH due to its extensive experience in serving the homeless, including through permanent supportive housing projects, most recently a 65 unit project opened last year in the City of Bell.
The Center of Hope will no doubt be one of Orange County’s most beautiful and impactful architectural works.
“As an eight-year-old child moving from South Africa to Australia in the middle of a recession, we found ourselves homeless and without enough food to survive. This was a new experience for me, as our family had everything we needed before coming to our new country. Introduced to The Salvation Army they loved us unconditionally, providing us with food, clothes, and emotional and spiritual support. My life changed forever.Motivated by our love for God and a passion to change lives, The Salvation Army Orange County has provided care and support to individuals and families since 1887.
Orange County has a wealth of blessings and resources, yet surprisingly, we find people in our community who do not have family support, a good education or marketable job skills.My wife and I have witnessed the enormous challenges facing many in our community. Our hearts break for the many homeless neighbors we find living on our streets, in their cars, on a family member’s couch. The problem is complex and a “one-size-fits all” approach will not work, but by working together, we can alleviate poverty and bring Hope to the lives of thousands of people in Orange County.We have bold plans and an exciting vision to greatly expand our programs and services to benefit all Orange County residents. We invite you to learn more about our plans, hear our vision for the future and join us as we provide hope to our community through the Center of Hope.”
Major Nesan Kistan
“The Center of Hope’s long-term vision is consistent with the City’s housing first model. I sincerely welcome in the opportunity to work with The Salvation Army and the Trust to make the Center of Hope a reality.”
Mayor Harry S. Sidhu,
City of Anaheim
“The new Center of Hope will take many off the streets and bring them into direct contact with a loving God. What joy to be able to support such an effort!”
Peter and Gail Ochs
Track Record and Impact in Orange County
Our 325-bed shelter provides, case management, housing/job navigation, health services, and pet care.
OC Guest House
Serves foreign national trafficking survivors.
An emergency shelter serving Orange County homeless since 1964.
Center of Hope
A comprehensive solution that combines a 325 bed low barrier emergency shelter with 72 permanent supportive housing units.
A safe home that serves survivors of Sex Trafficking in Orange County.
Red Shield Community Center
A recreation center serving the youth, family and senior populations of the communities in and around the city of Anaheim.
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