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Sustainability and Community

Orange County is not just one ‘place’ but rather a series of communities with unique circumstances, characteristics and needs. To ensure all our communities are sustainable, Orange County evaluates the needs of our residents, businesses and visitors to create equitable and inclusive opportunities for safer streets and neighborhoods, affordable housing, access to green spaces, healthy food options and healthcare services.

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Progress on our goals & strategies

Goals 1-4: Our Communities Are Safe, Healthy, Connected, And Thriving

Strategy Time Frame Strategy Progress Information for 2017 Progress
1. Inventory existing programs Short Inventory complete. Information used to align outreach and community services programs with nonprofit agencies to meet our program and services goals. On-going effort.
2. Develop a database for community assessment Medium Task in progress. Developing a tool with mapping and data to analyze neighborhood needs based on key factors. Will help target services.
3. Adopt a community-based model for planning and providing service Medium Task in progress. Assessment tool is in development.
Table legend: Short time frame: 0 to 2 years, Medium time frame: 2 to 5 years, Long time frame: 5 years or more.
Our Target Measurements
Community Indicators Baseline 1st Report 2nd Report Current Target 2020
Number of Community Assessments 2014
*data expected in 2018
Want to get involved?

Citizens who are engaged in their community build relationships with their neighbors, their government and their institutions. Tying together those relationships and the foundational elements of natural resources, mobility, education, buildings and infrastructure, arts, culture and economics is the key to sustainable living.

Adopt a Park
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You can help keep our Orange County Parks clean and beautiful for all residents to enjoy. The Adopt-a-Park program is easy to join with a minimal commitment; yet it creates a great sense of pride in maintaining these valuable treasures in our community.

How About a Night Out?
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Sign up for the National Night Out “Ridding Crime” event. Orange County has the resources you need including support from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Neighborhood Grants
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It doesn’t matter whether the project is big or small, you can bring your neighbors together to make a difference in your community with the help of Orange County Neighborhood Grants. Read our Sustainability Spotlight about Lake LaGrange to learn more about the grant process and get inspired. Visit the Neighborhood Grants webpage to learn about all of the grants available to Orange County residents.

Save a Life!

Now you can download two great apps that may save a life.

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