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Thursday, July 30, 2020

I am thankful for the strong partnerships and collaboration that make these events a huge success, and want to start by sending out a virtual congratulations and thank you to Shanti with the California Association of Food Banks, Jackie and Evelyn with End Child Poverty CA, and Jamie with Head Start California, along with the 40+ organizations who signed on in partnership on this event. Working in collaboration is so powerful and impactful, and we look forward to the next one.

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Art Poster Contest

 

 

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva seeks bright, self-motivated, energetic high school sophomores and juniors to serve as a Young Legislator.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Announces $221,210 for Orange County from the Housing Navigators Program

Orange County: Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton) is proud to announce that Orange County will be receiving funding to support young adults, between the ages of 18 and 21, to secure and maintain housing, with priority given to young adults in the foster care system.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

By wearing a mask, we are setting an example for those who care about preventing the spread of COVID-19,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton). “I encourage our residents to practice social distancing, wear face masks, and take the proper precautions necessary to decrease the spread of COVID-19 throughout Orange County and our State.”

To learn more please watch the video and remember to wear a mask and save a life. 

Orange County Homelessness

My office has taken large strides in addressing the concerns of housing and homelessness with Orange County residents, businesses, non-profits, and city & county appointees.  To help address our issue of homelessness with a responsible and multifaceted approach, we continue to have open dialogue and meetings to find ways to bring practical and positive solutions.

As Chair of the Orange County Chronic Homeless Committee, I understand there are many roadblocks to providing housing for the county’s growing population of chronically homeless people. With that in mind, I want to take a holistic approach and examine different ways to help the community. There is no one simple answer to address such a complex problem. Therefore, I am exploring a strategic plan to address the homeless housing shortage. As a mother, teacher, assemblywoman, and a resident I believe it is time for all of us to take an active approach in improving our housing and homelessness crisis here in orange county. 

I take pride in listening to input from everyone. I invite you to reach out and let your voice be heard, as well. Please, leave us your thoughts.

Legislative Updates

2019-2020: Fairview Mobile Home Bill (AB 2895): Any local agency or nonprofit affordable housing sponsor that wishes to be considered a priority buyer of the state real property known as the Fairview Developmental Center, located at 2501 Harbor Blvd  in Costa Mesa, Orange County, which has been declared to be surplus state real property pursuant to Section 11011, shall, in addition to the requirements of Section 11011.1, demonstrate to the department that the property, or a portion of that property, will be used by the local agency or nonprofit affordable housing sponsor for the development of projects that create sustainable employment opportunities of benefit to the area and region in which the property is located. Notwithstanding any other law, the state real property known as Fairview Developmental Center, located at 2501 Harbor Blvd in Costa Mesa, Orange County,, which has been declared to be surplus state real property pursuant to Section 11011, shall not be pre-zoned, zoned, or rezoned unless the Department of General Services requests that the property be rezoned or approves the rezoning of the property.

2017-2018: Homelessness in OC (Assembly Bill 448): The funding of an existing shelter is just one of the steps that need be taken to help address the homelessness crisis in Orange County. We should take a regional approach by establishing a collaborative agency for support and communication. This agency is to consist of Orange County cities, the County of Orange, local businesses and philanthropists, to come up with sites and funding for permanent supportive housing units. That is why I have joined my fellow Assemblyman Tom Daly in authoring legislation (Assembly Bill 448) to establish an agency consisting of these local, concerned entities. This agency would provide construction of supportive housing units.

We must build on a relationship of trust within our community, and demonstrate this is a sound solution by utilizing state and local resources. The priority is public safety and helping the less fortunate get back on their feet. Housing that is not temporary, like a shelter, coupled with support programs is just another proven way to confront homelessness. We must continue to examine different approaches to improving our communities in Orange County.

Housing/Homelessness Updates:

The following are my legislative highlights from my terms as your State Assemblywoman, that I authored, and were signed into law by the governor, in a range of issue areas; such as public safety, veteran affairs, health and human services, education, environment, business incentives, and more.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Releases Statement on Orange County Schools Reopening in the Fall

(Orange County): Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton) released the following statement on Orange County schools reopening in the Fall:

As a former teacher I am concerned with the guidelines put forth by the Orange County Board of Education to reopen schools in the fall without implementing safety precautions.