Agenda Item   



                                                                                                                        ASR Control  19-000918




legal entity taking action:

Board of Supervisors

board of supervisors district(s):

1, 4

SUBMITTING Agency/Department:

OC Community Resources   (Approved)

Department contact person(s):

Dylan Wright (714) 480-2788 



Shannon Legere  (714) 480-6534



Subject:  First Amendment to Contract with Mercy House Living Centers, Inc.


      ceo CONCUR

County Counsel Review

Clerk of the Board


Approved Agreement to Form




3 Votes Board Majority




    Budgeted: Yes

Current Year Cost: $333,076

Annual Cost: N/A




    Staffing Impact:


# of Positions:

Sole Source: No

    Current Fiscal Year Revenue: N/A

  Funding Source: State: 50% (Bringing Families Home), Other: 50% (Wrap)

County Audit in last 3 years: No



    Prior Board Action: 6/4/2019 #42






Approve the use of up to $333,076 in FY 2019-20 Bringing Families Home Program funds to provide for rapid rehousing services for families involved in the child welfare system through the Emergency Shelter Program for the previously approved Contract period of July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.



Approve the First Amendment to the contract with Mercy House Living Centers, Inc. for the Emergency Shelter Program to increase funding in an amount not to exceed $333,076 for rapid rehousing services through the Bringing Families Home Program and authorize the OC Community Resources Director or designee to execute the First Amendment for a revised cumulative contract total amount of $2,114,087, through the term of the contract.







Approval and authorization for OC Community Resources to utilize an additional $333,076 in funding for the FY 2019-20 Emergency Shelter Program will allow for the continued implementation of the Brining Families Home Program to provide rapid rehousing services for families involved in the child welfare system.





The County of Orange (County) has provided emergency services for families experiencing homelessness, operated shelters at two Armory locations  and provided other supportive housing services as part of its longstanding Armory Emergency Shelter Program.   


On June 4, 2019, the Board of Supervisors (Board) approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 Emergency Shelter Program and the County’s contract (Armory Contract) with Mercy House Living Centers, Inc. (Mercy House). The funding for emergency services for families experiencing homelessness was approved in conjunction with the Armory Contract. At the time, the Board approved the FY 2019-20 Armory Emergency Shelter Program and Armory Contract, the State of California had not yet notified the County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) that it would be allocated additional  funding under the FY 2019-20 Bringing Families Home (BFH) Program. The County received notice that it would receive BFH funds in July 2019. Shortly thereafter, the SSA received the funds from the State of California Department of Social Services, and designated, through a Memorandum of Understanding (Attachment D hereto), OC Community Resources as the County agency that will implement the BFH program and manage the service provider contract (the Armory Contract, as amended).


The BFH Program was established in 2016 by Assembly Bill 1603 to reduce the number of families in the child welfare system experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in order to increase family reunification  and to prevent foster care placement. The BFH program promotes supportive housing and rapid re-housing of families involved in the child welfare system and prioritizes supporting family reunification efforts.


Under the First Amendment to the Armory Contract (Attachment A), Mercy House will continue to provide housing-related services to eligible families, support the reunification of homeless families involved in the child welfare system, work with the Continuum of Care resources, use the Homeless Management Information System to create monthly statistical reports  and provide additional family services for an estimated 31 households in FY 2019-20 using the recently allocated BFH funds.


Mercy House has implemented the Armory Emergency Shelter Program successfully. As a result, it is being recommended to provide these enhanced services.




Revenue and appropriation adjustments for Budget Control 012 will be included in the first quarter budget report for FY 2019-20. 









Social Services Agency




Attachment A - First Amendment to Contract #19-23-0015-PS with Mercy House Living Centers, Inc.
Attachment B - Redline Version of the Contract
Attachment C - Contract Summary Form
Attachment D - Memorandum of Understanding