OCPAC is unique in its commitment to addressing the needs of individuals living in poverty in realtime while simultaneously pressuring government to respond quickly and systematically to address the same needs through programs and policy change.
Since inception, we have worked hard to pressure the county to address the health and safety of unsheltered people throughout Orange County. Notable efforts including pressuring officials to take urgent action on child homelessness, stop sweeps of homeless encampments, and address the lack of basic sanitation services for the unsheltered.
As opportunities arise, we work to help pass and inform state legislation. Two examples include supporting the establishment of the OC Housing Finance Trust and advocating for access to addiction treatment in Orange County jails.
When the pandemic struck, we joined together with likeminded organizations and community members to form the OC Emergency Response Coalition to track our local government’s response to the pandemic. We also worked to address overcrowding in homeless shelters and rising unemployment, among other issues.
In 2020 we became the fiscal sponsor of Wound Walk OC. As a 501(c)(3), we fundraise and accept tax-deductible donations on their behalf to help continue their important first aid and community outreach work.
We work hard to bring awareness to all these issues and more through outreach to elected officials, city and county staff, housing organizations and the general public. Our efforts have been so extensive that our executive director, Mohammed Aly, and board member, Rebecca Kovacs have been recognized among the top 40 and 100 most influential people in Orange County, respectively.