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Homelessness has become a pressing issue in the Nation, State, Orange County and here in Fullerton. Given its multifaceted nature, the city continues to try to address the issue with various approaches, respecting the legal ramifications currently impacting what can and cannot be done. Through cooperation among city staff, volunteers, nonprofit and private organizations to address homelessness, Fullerton can make positive changes in the lives of the homeless, while also respecting the rights of home and business owners.

Illumination Foundation Proposed Recuperative Care and Navigation Center at 3535 West Commonwealth Avenue

The City Council and community have provided clear direction to take action to address homeless issues in Fullerton.  Nowhere is this action more needed than around Gilbert and Valencia Street where an encampment has formed over the last year.  Due to Federal Court cases (Martin v. Boise) and the North Orange County Settlement Agreement, the City has been legally prohibited from enforcing restrictions on camping on public property.  However, as a direct result of recent actions by the City including the safe parking program and support of the Illumination Foundation proposed facility, the Federal Judge has authorized the City to begin a limited enforcement of the encampment at Gilbert and Valencia.  Without these actions by the City and Illumination Foundation to provide alternative options for people experiencing homelessness, the City would not be able to take action on the encampment. 

Fullerton Armory Cold Weather Shelter

 The Orange County Cold Weather Armory Emergency Shelter program provides shelter and services for the homeless at the National Guard Armories during cold weather months. The homeless will receive a nutritious meal, a warm shower, and a safe place to sleep. Volunteers will pass out donations of warm clothing and Service Providers from Orange County will be on site to provide needed services.

No clients are allowed to walk onto or off of the shelter property. Click here for information on pick-up locations and more.  

Homeless Outreach Efforts and Resources

Learn about homeless resources and outreach taking place in the City of Fullerton. More info...

Homeless Plan Committee

Find agendas, meeting notes, or to learn more about the city appointed Fullerton Homeless Plan Committee given the task to create a comprehensive strategic plan addressing homelessness on a collective impact level. More info...

Regional Efforts to Address Homelessness

In an effort to comply with a Federal Mandate as well as a recent case law, Martin v. Boise (2018), the North Orange County Service Planning Area, comprised of the cities of Placentia, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Orange, Villa Park, Stanton, and Yorba Linda are collaborating on a regional approach to address homelessness in the North SPA. More info...

Homeless Liaison Officers

Learn about Fullerton Police Department’s Homeless Liaison Officer (HLO) Unit comprised of multiple officers dedicated to responding to homeless related calls and assisting in linking the homeless population to services through their many community partners. More info...

Learn About Homelessness and Get Involved

Learn more about homelessness and looking for organizations to volunteer. More info...

Homeless Solutions For Business and Property Owners

If you are an owner or operator of a business or commercial property and have concerns regarding issues of unwanted persons or criminal activity on your property, there are resources available to help you in addressing your issues successfully. More info...

Safe Parking Pilot Program

The Safe Parking Pilot Program’s primary goal is to provide families or individuals dwelling in their vehicle who currently have strong ties to Fullerton, a safe and legal place to park, sleep at night, and ensure participant linkage and access to supportive services such as the Coordinated Entry System. The City is partnering with the Illumination Foundation to run this Safe Parking Program which will run for 6 months as a pilot program. After 6 months, city council will decide if the program should continue. More info...


City of Fullerton
Housing & Neighborhood Services - Homeless Resources Coordinator
303 W. Commonwealth Avenue | Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 738-6562



Revised: 10/29/2019