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SheDoesOC Facebook Group Seeks to Educate Irvine Neighbors About Homelessness

During the entire episode of protests about a possible tent city for the homeless on county land near the Great Park, some roses grew through the muck of NIMYISM where some anti-homeless residents actually suggested pacing the homeless in concentration camps.  The Facebook group “Irvine Residents Against Tent City” blocked and banned anyone who opposed them and misinformation about the homeless, and, in particular, homeless women rules the day.

Thankfully not all Irvine neighbors lack compassion.  The Facebook Group “SheDoesOC” emerged and you can see the link here:

SheDoesOC was founded by Jess Phillips, who is just an Irvine mom; here’s what she says about herself and her organization:

I am a Irvine resident, a mom of two, and a homeless advocate. I provide outreach to women on the streets and living in motels in the Orange County area. I was outraged at the fear mongering and dehumanizing statements made by residents of my city and other south county cities, regarding not allowing a shelter in Irvine it was obvious there was a disconnect and a lack of awareness, education, and compassion for our most vulnerable homeless population, the unaccompanied homeless woman. SheDoesOC was born out of the necessity for people take a call to action and demand the rapid sheltering and housing of this most vulnerable and underserved population. Cities need to follow the example of not looking down on someone unless you are looking to help them up.

In Orange County alone there are over 4,000 homeless men, women, and children. One out of four in that population is an unaccompanied woman. Statistics show that by the time these women secure shelter or housing, close to 100% have experienced some sort of domestic violence or sexual abuse, either prior to or as a result of being homeless. Currently there is only one shelter in Orange County that addresses the needs of an unaccompanied homeless woman – this is unacceptable. #SheDoesOC follows the model started by the #SheDoes movement in Los Angeles, which was formed “to promote the rapid sheltering of these unsheltered & unprotected women until they move into stable housing.” Our mission is outreach, community awareness, and a grassroots/boots-on-the-ground approach to empowering our sisters. Our mission is to provide a path to restoration of dignity and self-worth. Our mission is to give them a platform to have their voices heard. Our mission is to provide them with the opportunity to empower one another with their stories of courage, strength, and hope. Orange County has ignored these women’s pleas for safety…. Orange County has failed to provide shelter/housing for these vulnerable women….

Orange County has denied these women access to basic human necessities specific to women… Orange County has turned their backs and shut their doors on this population of the most vulnerable, unprotected and underserved… Orange County residents may have seen these women in their communities, on their streets, in their motels, and in their parks day in and day out…and chose to close their eyes and ignore them… But you didn’t see US coming. #SheDoes deserve SHELTER #SheDoes deserve DIGNITY #SheDoes deserve a CHOICE #SheDoes have a VOICE #SheDoes MATTER #SheDoesOc

There’s some useful information on this page that everyone ought to read.  Like this:

7 unique challenges homeless women face…

1. Access to feminine hygiene products are limited.

2. Access to comprehensive prenatal care can be difficult.

3. Homelessness makes attaining or able to afford childcare almost impossible.

4. 1 out of 4 women stated that domestic violence to be the main factor for their current homelessness.

5. Being homeless often means a decrease in personal safety for women.

6. Homeless women are living with much higher rates of mental illness then the general population.

7. Homeless women are the most vulnerable population and are often the target for abuse, violence, exploitation, and human trafficking.

#SheDoesOC is committed and passionate about addressing these challenges and struggles. #SheDoesOC will share ways the community can help through action, to assist with these needs.

So to learn more about homeless woman in OC, like the page and join. Participate.


  1. katherine daigle katherine daigle May 17, 2018

    I have written Homelessness Across State of California “A State of Emergency” Under our current local governing system, politicians who are inherently partisan get to focus their entire administration into a bureaucracy, as their own publicly financed re-election campaign machine runs the gambit, and California’s public policy serves only their individual political needs like mailers, and fundraising events.

    In my opinion, Southern California cities should be petitioning the Governor to declare a State of Emergency, petitioning the appropriate people to help with the massive undertaking that is putting residents and the homeless at risk of a major state disaster. The National Guard, they are trained specifically to handle these type of events, they are a great resource in disasters, and they do understand the gravity of housing, feeding, and safety of large masses of people that are in distress during a failed government inaction.

    Orange County leaders need to step up. Everyone has a responsibility and needs to play a role, cities who don’t want to take a role in this are pushing it to cities who are dealing with this problem and they need action, not words. The private sector leaders in the OC have begun working with the Salvation Army, United Way and the Churches to deal with people across the county to handle the demand. However, this is not enough; we do not need JUST temporary housing.

  2. Van Van May 18, 2018

    Living across the street from the beach, where the homeless have literally been pushed to the edge of society, it is difficult to share the neighborhood with them. Stepping out onto the balcony of my humble condo, a homeless woman below jumps from her sidewalk bed and screams profanities at me for about twenty minutes. This is at four in the morning. She wanders down to the beach dragging her sleeping bag and assortment of fully loaded plastic trash bags. All night long trash cans are loudly searched by the homeless where they scatter trash throughout alleys, yards and parks. More often than not, when I look out my bedroom window in the middle of the night, I will see a homeless person staring into the windows of the quaint, 1900’s circa apartment building, or standing on the porch of the beach cottage turned into someone’s home. Squeaking shopping carts compete with the intermittent rants and screams of their homeless owners. In sum, the people who roam all night and sleep anywhere during the day are not truly homeless. They are severely, mentally ill and often refuse offers of shelter, and social services outreach programs to them. Priority is helping the truly homeless who for economic reasons find themselves on the streets. Getting the mentally ill,off the streets is very difficult as current laws allow them to ” die with their rights on” .

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | May 18, 2018

      and what do you do to help these people from your modest near the beach condo? It is not against the law to be homeless or mentally ill.

      • van van May 18, 2018

        I do as much as you do to help the severely, mentally ill, homeless persons.

        • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | May 18, 2018

          then I’ll see you in Santa Ana feeding the homeless some night?

          • Van Van May 18, 2018

            No, Long Beach , after that working with grass roots movements in this city to increase outreach to same mentally ill persons who are in dire need of psychiatric treatment.

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