TTM Irvine City Council Partnership Grant

At the nomination of Mayor Christina Shea, I am pleased to share that the Irvine City Council approved a $900 community partnership grant to Tender Touch Ministries in support of program costs.

From the City of Irvine:

“Thank you for the important work and services your organization provides to the Irvine community. The City Council looks forward to receiving your project completion report on the great work accomplished.”

VOA Update on Homeless in Orange County

From Volunteers of America:

More than 60 of Orange County’s most seriously ill homeless people are on track to move into housing with services to help them address health issues, under a new county contract approved Tuesday.

County health officials will choose the homeless people, based on assessments of their health vulnerabilities, and they will receive housing and services through a contract with The Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit that specializes in helping homeless people move from the streets into housing with on-site support services, and then into permanent housing.

The goal, officials said, is to help homeless people move off the streets, stabilize their health issues, develop positive relationships with other community members, and save public money in hospital emergency services and other costs.

Health issues will include one or more physical ailments, substance addictions, or mental illnesses, officials said. On-site staff will include case managers, mental health workers, psychiatrists, therapists, housing navigators, and peer recovery counselors who have been through experiences similar to the homeless people.

The contract was approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday without public discussion, though they did talk about it at their April 24 meeting.

TTM Partners With 1736 Family Crisis Center

About 1736 Family Crisis Center

Since 1972, 1736 Family Crisis Center has been responding to the growing needs of victims of domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth, homeless families, homeless and at-risk Veterans, unemployed adults and youth, and other low-income community members in need of assistance. They are dedicated to providing professional, cutting-edge, comprehensive programs that are managed by licensed therapists, attorneys and their experienced staff.

1736 Family Crisis Center’s Rapid Re-Housing for Homeless Veterans-OC (RRHHV-OC) program proudly serves homeless Veterans and Veteran households of Orange County. Their goal is to help veteran families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis.  The services that they provide include: temporary financial assistance (rental and deposit fees), housing counseling services, personal financial planning, case management, and daily living services (referrals). They also assist with the retrieval of government documentation such as DD-214, Social Security documents, homeless verification forms, etc. Eligible Veterans’ discharge status must be dishonorable, general under honorable, other than honorable or Reserve National Guard, and he/she must meet income eligibility criteria based on area median income.

For more information please contact Don Newsom at (323) 365-8032 or visit

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