Skip to main content

Addressing Homelessness


The City of Garden Grove is pleased to present the 2021 Draft Comprehensive Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness (CSPAH), a preliminary roadmap to address the short- and long-term impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on homelessness and to initiate community outreach efforts regarding the Draft CSPAH to further explore homeless programs and solutions. The Draft CSPAH was presented to the City Council at the January 26, 2021 Regular Meeting and the Final CSPAH will be presented in summer 2021 to be considered for adoption. Over the next few months, the Community and Economic Development Department will be reaching out to the community to gather feedback about the Draft CSPAH and homelessness in Garden Grove.

GGCEH June 10, 2021 Virtual Meeting

The City of Garden Grove held the first Garden Grove Coalition to End Homelessness (GGCEH) virtual meeting on Thursday, June 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The meeting provided an overview of the City's Draft Comprehensive Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness (CSPAH), reviewed public comments that were received from the community survey and engagement, provided a summary of major initiatives and projects related to homelessness, and answered questions from community members.

Workforce Activation and Readiness Program Webinar

Workforce Activation and Readiness Program Webinar

The Workforce Activation and Readiness Program (WARP) Webinar included the following topics:

  • Opening remarks from Mayor Pro Tem Kim Nguyen (begins at 1:30).
  • WARP overview presented by City Staff (begins at 3:27).
  • Service provider presentations from Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance and StandUp For Kids regarding programs and services they provide (begins at 6:35).
  • A partner presentation from the Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Union regarding their Apprenticeship Readiness Program (begins at 27:20).

Homelessness 101

Homelessness 101 for City of Garden Grove

This Homelessness 101 presentation will provide information and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this issue.

  • What is homelessness?
  • What causes people to become homeless?
  • What is the current state of homelessness in Orange County?
  • How can homelessness be solved?

The Garden Grove Coalition to End Homelessness (GGCEH) is a comprehensive approach to STABILIZE, NAVIGATE, SUPPORT, and ASSIST Garden Grove’s homeless to obtain and maintain permanent housing. Support the community’s efforts by signing up to be a part of the Coalition. You will receive up-to-date information regarding the Coalition and its efforts to end homelessness, given the opportunity to provide feedback and share ideas at meetings and workshops, and encouraged to attend Garden Grove City Council meetings in support of Garden Grove homelessness-related items. Sign Up Here

For more information, contact Nate Robbins at or call (714) 741-5206.

211-Orange County recently deployed a new Data Dashboard that details information about the services/needs requested and received by Garden Grove clients from homeless service providers. Please click on the Data Dashboards below to review recent data related to Garden Grove's homeless population.

FY 2020-21 3rd Quarter Data Dashboard

The Special Resource Team (SRT) works in combination with City Net to provide essential services to the literally homeless population in Garden Grove. Essential Services are related to reaching out to unsheltered homeless individuals and families, connecting them with emergency shelter, housing, or critical services, and providing them with urgent, non-facility-based care.

Specialized Efforts to Keep Garden Grove Clean

The SRT and Public Works Department have been cleaning homeless encampments for health and safety reasons.

Visit @GardenGrovePD for more details and photos.

April 27, 2021 - GG City Homelessness Activities Update

On April 27, 2021, Lisa Kim, Assistant City Manager and Community and Economic Development Director, provided City Council with an update on the City's activities related to homelessness. Please view the presentation slides on the right.

May 28, 2019 - GG City Council Study Session on Homelessness

On May 28, 2019, City Staff presented "A Comprehensive Approach to Address Homelessness", which outline a detailed four point plan to end homelessness in Garden Grove. Please view the presentation slides on the right.

Resources for Tenants

The City of Garden Grove is committed to providing resources for tenants unable to pay rent due to COVID-19, facing possible homelessness or recently becoming homeless.

To prevent or address homelessness, each year, the City of Garden Grove receives funding under the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and allocates resources to sub-recipients to operate emergency shelters and transitional shelters, and provide essential social services for families and individuals.

Service Providers Brochure (PDF) Cost of Homelessness (PDF)Homeless Services Guide (PDF) Emergency Rental Assistance Free Mental Health and Support Services (PDF)

Service Providers

Emergency Rental Assistance

The County of Orange will offer rental households, up to $10,000 in financial assistance for unpaid rent or utility bills due to the impact of COVID-19.

For information on financial assistance for basic necessities including rent, utilities and transportation:

Be Well Garden Grove Mobile Crisis Response Unit

The City of Garden Grove has partnered with Be Well Orange County to launch the Be Well Garden Grove Mobile Crisis Response Unit, also known as "H.O.P.E." or "Helping Out People Everywhere". The Mobile Unit is staffed by a 2-person team, comprised of Crisis Counselors with medical backgrounds, to provide 24/7 community-based assessment and stabilization of urgent medical need or psychological crisis, along with information and referral, transportation to services, and with the option of additional case management and follow-up support. The overall goal of the Mobile Unit is to improve outcomes and community satisfaction, lower overall costs to the community, and relieve law enforcement from time-consuming distractions that hinder their intended function. The Mobile Unit is currently being implemented and scheduled to be launched October 1, 2021.

To sign up for news about the Be Well Garden Grove Mobile Crisis Response Unit and to learn more about what the City of Garden Grove is doing to end homelessness, please consider joining the GG Coalition to End Homelessness by visiting

Interview w/ Mayor Steve Jones - Be Well Garden Grove Mobile Crisis Response Unit

City Council Approval of Agreement with Be Well OC