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One in six Orange County residents is without health insurance.*
An estimated 400,000 of our neighbors are at risk of hunger in OUR community.* And more than 18,000 people in OUR community will experience homelessness over the course of one year.* The third Building Block to self-sufficiency is Health (food, shelter, and medical care). Whether it’s a child at risk of going hungry, or an insured family struggling to pay for needed medication, Orange County United Way is working to ensure everyone has access to these vital services—because without them, the pathway to self-sufficiency is unachievable.
The United Way Objective
To support healthy lives through:
- Essential food and proper nutrition
- Safe shelter and secure housing
- Basic health care
How Orange County United Way will accomplish these goals:
We are mobilizing our partner agency Health programs through Orange County United Way’s Community Impact Fund to support the following strategic approaches:
- Food programs that supply and/or distribute food items to vulnerable populations and link clients to additional social services and/or work supports. Programs include food banks, community food distribution sites, food pantries, and food delivery programs.
- Shelter programs that provide emergency shelter and/or transitional housing and directly link clients to additional social and/or work support services.
- Medical programs that provide free or low-cost direct medical and/or behavioral health care services such as primary or urgent health care, health care screenings, dental care, and/or mental health services to no- or low-income individuals.
Orange County United Way also collaborates with the following Community Partners to assist us in our Health work:
- 2-1-1 Orange County
- Commissions to End Homelessness
- Health Funders Partnership of Orange County
- Insight Center for Community Economic Development
- OC Partnership
- Orange County Emergency Food and Shelter Board
- Point-In-Time Homeless Survey
For a complete list of Orange County United Way’s Health partner agencies, click here.
To see the impact being made on individual lives, click here.
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*Sources: 2011 Community Indicator Report; Source: 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS); 2011 Orange County Homeless Census and Survey