Long-Term Solutions for Homelessness in Orange County with a focus on Permanent Supportive Housing:
Engaging communities in the solutions

The response to homelessness in Orange County is at a critical juncture. As the immediate needs of the riverbed and Civic Center populations are navigated with interim measures, the need for more permanent solutions is more pressing than ever. The Orange County United Way and Association of California Cities-Orange County have developed a 2,700 bed solution that can play a central role in longer-term, more comprehensive strategies.

A central goal of the symposium is to provide a forum to present accurate information and research data on the homeless community and policy alternatives. A second key goal is to help connect interested parties, ranging from individuals to major organizations.

The symposium seeks to bring together stakeholders to share research and policy updates, form common understandings of who the homeless are and which long-term solutions are most viable, and work toward community consensus on shared outcomes and how best to attain them. Logistical, bureaucratic, and political opportunities and hurdles will be identified. Discussion will include considerations of how homelessness affects the CSUF campus and what role CSUF, as a county-wide academic leader, can play in promoting long-term solutions. Informed presenters will offer research and up-to-date opinion polls on what solutions work best and which enjoy most community support. The symposium seeks to disseminate data-driven knowledge about the issue and serve as a location for productive dialogue, networking, trust-building, and strategizing.

We hope you can attend; the program is listed below. Registration is now closed but show-up arrivals will be admitted on a space-available basis. Attendees may be recorded.

Schedule -- April 27, 2018

10:00am -- Keynote Address
Titan Theater, CSUF Titan Student Union

"Research on who the homeless are and long-term housing solutions." Becks Heyhoe, Orange County United Way and Kelsey Brewer, Association of California Cities: Orange County

"Homelessness and water / Community and capacity building."
Mike Antos, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and Mohammed Aly, Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition

10:00am breakout, Gabrielino room (runs opposite the keynote addresses): "Homelessness and the natural environment."
Megan Brousseau, Inland Empire Water Keepers

11:15am -- Breakout Sessions *
"Public opinion and homelessness solutions." Room: TSU Theater. Presenter: Justin Tucker, Center for Public Policy. Facilitator: CSUF Comm.

"Students connecting communities." Room: Alvarado B. Presenter: CivicSpark Water Fellows Ryan Hirano and Miki Helman. SAWPA/WRPI. Facilitator: Kathleen Firstenberg, Water Resources Institute.

"Focused discussion on long-term housing." Room: Alvarado A. Presenters: Michelle Murphy and Kelsey Brewer. Facilitator: Irene Matz.

"Community organizing to address systemic causes of poverty." Room: Hetebrink A/B. Presenter: Mohammed Aly. Facilitator: Jon Bruschke.

"CSUF and homelessness: How it affects our campus community and how CSUF can be part of the solution on-campus and in the community." Room: Bradford A/B. Presenter: Carmen Curiel, Assistant Dean of Students. Facilitator: Nikola Kadovic.

"Impacts of Criminalization on Homelessness." Room: Tuffree A/B. Presenter: Brooke Weitzman, American Civil Liberties Union. Facilitator: Dr. Dan Sutko.

"Who is my neighbor? Making room for others in crowded communities" Room: Gabrielino. Presenters: Elizabeth Hansburg, People for Housing - OC YIMBY and David Gillanders, Pathways of Hope. Facilitator: Freddi-Jo Bruschke.

12:00pm -- Final Remarks
Titan Theater, CSUF Titan Student Union

"Closing remarks." Framroze Virjee, President of CSU, Fullerton.

"Comments." Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva.

"Key lessons of the day and looking forward." Jon Bruschke.

Lunch will be provided.

* Note: Room assignments may change; final room assignments will be available via hard copy on the day of the symposium and will be updated on this website.

Homelessness in Orange County

Registration is now closed but show-up arrivals will be admitted on a space-available basis. Attendees may be recorded.
LOGISTICS DIRECTIONS: Exit the 57 freeway and head west. Turn right on to State College. Turn right on Dorothy; the Titan Student Union will be immediatley in front of you. Turn left and park in the large structure; parking is $8. Walk south to the TSU; the TSU Theater will be just off the main foyer of the west entrance. Contact jbruschke@fullerton.edu if the parking cost is prohibitive and you need a parking pass. You can consult this campus map which includes google directions (the TSU is number 31 on the map and parking is 36).
The symposium is co-sponsored by the College of Communications and the Center for Public Policy.
Center for Public Policy College of Communications