Orange County United Way is working hard to raise much-needed dollars for our Pandemic Relief Fund. Though all the funds raised so far are not yet in our hands, we are already putting your generous gifts into action through our service provider partners to support low-income individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness, the current OC population experiencing homelessness, low-income students, and our partner non-profits.
This page shares details about how the Pandemic Relief Fund is being put into action and will be updated with the latest information.
2,095 families served with homelessness prevention funds
$1.05M supporting our community’s most vulnerable
May 26 Update
Homelessness prevention pilot program – Week 8:
- We’ve broken another record over the past week! Thanks to your donations and continues support, we have now served a total of 2,095 Orange County families through our Homelessness Prevention Program, with an additional 368 Orange County families helped last week. This program supports families who have had their income impacted by the pandemic and are at risk of homelessness by providing a $500 emergency debit card to help with rent, food, utilities, and other basic needs.
May 19 Update
Homelessness prevention pilot program – Week 7:
- We’ve broken our weekly record with an additional 372 Orange County families who have been helped through our Homelessness Prevention Program! This program supports families who have had their income impacted by the pandemic and are at risk of homelessness by providing them a $500 emergency debit card to help with rent, food, utilities, and other basic needs. Thank you for your donations! The total number of families served through this program is now an amazing 1,727.
Distributing Essential Supplies:
- As part of the Nailing It For Health Care Workers Initiative, we distributed 100 cases of hand sanitizer (six 32 oz. bottle per cases) to homeless shelters across Orange County. These cases of hand sanitizer were a generous in-kind donation from RPP – a $150 million company that pivoted from motor oil production to FDA- approved hand sanitizer in a matter of seven days.
- We have also supported the purchase and distribution of 50,000 diapers for HomeAid’s diaper drive to help low-income families in need.
May 11 Update
Homelessness prevention pilot program – Week 6:
- An additional 326 Orange County families have been supported during the sixth week of our Homelessness Prevention Program. This program provides families at risk of homelessness due to a change in income caused by the pandemic with $500 assistance to help with rent, food, utilities, and other basic needs. This brings the total number of families helped thanks to your generous donations to 1,355.
Nailing It For Health Care Workers Initiative:
- Our partnership with Love 2 Yêu for the Nailing It For Health Care Workers initiative is ramping up to bring much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to our local healthcare workers, grocery store employees, and other front-line service providers. Last week, 30 emergency shelters in Orange County received 3,500 new handmade, washable face masks, allowing every staff worker and shelter client to have their own facemask.
- With the help of volunteers, 524 lunches were also delivered to local emergency shelter locations.
May 4 Update
Homelessness prevention pilot program – Week 5:
- Last week, we helped 231 Orange County families through our Homelessness Prevention program thanks to your generous donations. To date, we have helped 1,029 families who were at risk of homelessness due to a change in income caused by the pandemic. Referred to us by our service provider partners, these families are provided a $500 emergency debit card per household to help with rent, food, utilities, and other basic needs.
April 28 Update
Homelessness prevention pilot program – Week 4:
- In the past week, we helped 234 Orange County families with $500 assistance per household to help with rent, food, utilities, and other basic needs through our Homelessness Prevention Program. Through this program, we have a total of 798 families who were referred to us by over 28 service provider partners.
Nailing It For Health Care Workers Initiative:
- Orange County United Way and nonprofit Love2Yêu came together last week at the Asian Garden Mall in Garden Grove to support the Nailing It For Health Care Workers initiative and help distribute 1,975 meals to front-line workers at local emergency shelters and grocery stores.
April 21 Update
Homelessness prevention pilot program – Week 3:
- This week, 122 families received personalized $500 emergency debit cards per household to help with rent, food, and utilities to prevent homelessness. This brings the total number of families supported by our Homelessness Prevention Pilot Program to 564 so far for a total of $282,000. These families were referred to our pilot program by 21 service provider partners.
Getting Books to Children in Need:
- We have distributed 5,000 books since March 23 to help children from low-income families get access to books during the COVID-19 pandemic. Books were either mailed home or picked up by families in need at food distribution centers across Orange County. So far, books have been distributed in Anaheim, Brea, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Irvine, La Habra, Mission Viejo, and Santa Ana.
April 13 Update
Homelessness prevention pilot program – Week 2:
- As part of the second week of our homelessness prevention pilot program, we utilized a portion of our Pandemic Relief Fund to help 223 Orange County families. Of these families, 162 lost their jobs due to the COVID 19 crisis and 61 families saw a significant reduction of their income. Working with 17 service provider partners – who referred these families from 26 cities across the county – we provided $500 emergency debit cards per household to help with rent, food, and utilities to prevent homelessness.
- More information about the next phase of the program is soon to come!
April 6 Update
Homelessness prevention pilot program:
- Within just three days, we created and executed a homelessness prevention pilot program utilizing a portion of the Pandemic Relief Fund. The United to End Homelessness team worked with 15 service providers to help 209 of their rapid-rehousing clients – 154 of which have children in their households – to remain in their homes by providing them with a $500 check (per client household, for a total of $104,500), just in time for the April 1st rent deadline. As families who are getting back on their feet, this helped ensure they wouldn’t have to choose between food or rent and utilities.
- We are working on Phase 2 of the pilot program, so stay tuned!
March 30 Update
Supported essential community infrastructure including Second Harvest Food Bank, CAP OC and 211 Orange County ($85,000).
- At the creation of the Pandemic Relief Fund, Orange County United Way was the first to provide funding for an additional truckload of food for Second Harvest, providing meals for 25,000 community members.
- We were also able to secure 100 headsets (donated by corporate partner Ingram Micro) to help additional volunteers for the 211 hotline, another essential community infrastructure.
Thank you to the service providers and community infrastructure personnel for all that they do to help our community every day and during times of crisis!