Founded in 2003, Operation HOPE-North County (OHNC) aims to offer a safe, caring, and supportive environment to families with children and single women experiencing homelessness as they rebuild their lives and reclaim independence. Rising housing costs and inflation continue to have a significant impact on low-income families and those on the verge of homelessness, an issue that is continuing to grow in our region. Last fiscal year OHNC provided shelter to 188 individuals and 62% of that population were children. Nearly 20% of the population served last year at the shelter were Oceanside residents.
In response to the many needs in the community, OHNC established aftercare services to assist shelter graduates and the community at-large. Their Pantry of HOPE program was created for graduates to ensure the sustainability of housing security to avoid re-entry into homelessness by allowing them to come on a weekly basis to access fresh produce, proteins, dry goods, dairy, toiletries, hygiene products, and infant and toddler related supplies as well as case management and resources. This program has grown by nearly 400% since opening. OHNC also operates the New Beginnings Boutique. This unique space allows for families in the shelter, graduate families, and community members to have access to clothing and household items. The boutique creates a space for our clients to “shop” with dignity at no charge to clients.
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