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Orange County California low income housing and homeless shelters.

Families in Orange County California that are facing eviction or who are homeless can turn to short term, low income housing units. Several organizations, churches, and charities operate centers (transitional housing, apartments, homeless shelters, etc.) across southern California. Each site is focused on helping the less fortunate and residents who qualify.

The locations focus on meeting the needs of as many people as possible. Some of the shelters and transitional housing units focus on women or children. Shelters are open for the recently evicted and homeless Other sites may help veterans that live in the Orange County region.

Client's who stay at these centers will also be able to enroll into other case management and self-sufficiency type programs. For example, individuals will be able to work with a social worker to find more stable, long term, and affordable homes or apartments to live in. Other services that are typically offered include employment assistance, financial literacy, and more. The transitional housing is meant to be short term, so the goal is to have people stay there and get out as soon as possible.

Families Forward
Phone number is 949-552-2727
Residents with children can access transitional housing from this non-profit. Food, self-sufficiency, and other support services are provided too.

South County Outreach
Address is 7 Whatney, Suite B
Irvine, CA 92618
Main phone - 949-380-8144

As the name implies, supports residents and qualified families that live in southern Orange County. Transitional housing, life skills, and case management is provided.

Orange County Rescue Mission
One Hope Drive
Tustin, CA, 92782
Individual apartments are provided for the homeless and people who were recently evicted. Also get information on longer term solutions, including rent and deposit assistance if/when needed in the future.




Veterans First of Orange County
Location is 1540 East Edinger Avenue
Santa Ana, CA, 92705
The organization can coordinate shelter and transitional housing to veterans. Program also includes job readiness and placement assistance, food service, and transportation to VA and medical care appointments.

Mary's Shelter
This is for minors in the region. In addition to the supportive housing, the location may provide health and dental care, food, and more.

Mercy House Living Centers, Inc.
Santa Ana, California, 92701
Call 714-836-7188 for information.

Casa Teresa
This supports pregnant moms and teenagers.

Family Promise of Orange County, Inc.
If you live in Orange, call 714-787-3487
Fullerton, CA, residents can dial 714-787-3487.
Provides temporary shelter and access to low income housing for families. Some shared facilities will be used as well by this agency.





Illumination Foundation
Main address is 2277 Harbor Boulevard, Harbor Room
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
Call the center at 714-876-0840
In addition to short term shelter and/or low income transition housing uinits, look into other services such as financial counseling for residents.

WISEPlace for Women
1411 North Broadway
Santa Ana, California, 92706
Main phone number is 714-542-3577

Friendship Shelter, Inc.
Single men and women can use this facility. Food, shelter, referrals, and social workers are available on site.

Thomas House Family Shelter
Provides transitional shelter and financial assistance to families currently without housing.

Kathy's House
32122 Paseo Sanchez
San Juan Capistrano, California, 92675

Come to Him Ministries
Provides transitional housing and referrals.

American Family Housing
Site address is 15161 Jackson Street
Midway City, CA, 92655
Telephone - 714-366-2244





Crittenton Children and Family Services
Operates an independent living program.

Pathways of Hope
Employable adults can use the center. Also receive information on local employment opportunities, child care, and work with a case management on finding a permanent home on Orange county. Also get details on state of California and local rent and housing programs, such as section 8 vouchers.

Family Assistance Ministries
Main phone number is 949-492-8477
San Clemente CA
In addition to the transitional housing services, the center offers other assistance to qualified Orange County families. This can include classes on life skills, debt management,  budgeting, goal setting, and similar type resources. Follow up is offered as well to clients.

Colette's Children's Home
Huntington Beach CA, 92647
Main number is 714-596-1380

The Sheepfold
Another center for victims of domestic violence.

Interval House
Seal Beach CA, 90740
The location offers transitional shelter and housing for women who have experienced domestic violence and their children can also use the site.

Grandma's House of Hope
Anaheim California, 92805
Telephone number is 714-833-5333





The Eli Home
Anaheim  California
Call 714-300-0600
This is a shelter for children. It can also facilitate limited child care services.


By Jon McNamara

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