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Rent assistance in Orange County California.

Find how to get rent or security deposit assistance in Orange County California. A number of charities,, churches, and government programs operate in Santa Ana, Irvine, Anaheim and other cities in southern California. Each organization near you in Orange County CA, listed below, provides emergency rental, security deposit or free legal and housing assistance. Many agencies also offer free landlord-tenant mediation as well as counseling services to renters..

The exact amount of financial aid offered by each agency varies. There may be loans or grants for rental assistance or section 8 housing choice vouchers and the funding source varies by government and non-profit agency. Some programs focus on the low income, some on elderly or immigrants, and others on the disabled in the community. But the bottom line is that there is a strong commitment to help tenants and/or the homeless in Orange County California pay their rent, deposits, moving and housing expenses. Get information and phone numbers of non-profits and government programs to call for financial help for rental costs below.

Places that offer help with rent in Orange Count CA or money for security deposits

Salvation Army of Orange County California has different resources in each office. Among them, they run the Transitional Housing Program, which is a comprehensive short term housing for either singles or families. The program is for those who have been assessed for the need for low income assistance thorough case management. Based on resources, there may be financial assistance for back rent, energy, shelter, transportation, furniture and more. There is also the Office of Family Services, or OCFS. Several locations and branches are across the county, including

  • 1515 W. North St, Anaheim, CA 92801. For housing, shelter or rent help, call (714) 783-2324
  • Address is 310 N Claudina St, Anaheim, California 92805, dial 714-778-0242
  • Location of a center is at 17261 Oak Ln, Huntington Beach, California 92647. Phone number is 841-0150
  • Location is 1710 W Edinger Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704. Main phone number is 714-384-0481
  • Mailing address - 616 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672, or dial 949-366-6652
  • 1515 W North St, Anaheim, CA 92801, phone (714) 491-1450
  • 818 East 3rd Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Call 714-783-2344




St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) or Joachim Catholic Church offers various assistance programs, for helping with rent or utilities, food, free furniture for a home and more. There is help for the poor as well as immigrants or Spanish speakers. The housing resources are run from 1964 Orange Ave, Costa Mesa, California 92627. To apply for rental or financial aid, or to get referrals, dial (949) 574-7400

Orange County California Housing Authorities – The are four primary Housing Authorities in Orange County. There are section 8 housing vouchers for the very low income, senior citizens as well as disabled. Family Self-Sufficiency is offered too, or get information on section 8, rent subsidized homes or apartments in Orange County. There is also details on waiting lists as well as locations of affordable rental housing. The offices are at:

  • Anaheim Housing (address 200 S. Anaheim Blvd 11277 ((714)765-4320)
  • Garden Grove Housing ((714) 741-5150)
  • Santa Ana Housing (address 20 Civic Center Plaza, dial (714) 480-2700 or (714) 667-2200). Or try 1770 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Call (714) 480-2770
  • There is also the main Orange County Housing office (address 1770 N. Broadway (714) 480-2700).

These four agencies run a large number of eviction prevention, rent assistance, and other homeless prevention programs. There may also be a section 8 priority list, or get more details on California section 8 housing.

Shelter Plus Care (SPC) – The homeless and disabled can get rental help from this program. You need to be referred to it from a Health Care Agency or community clinic. A major focus is on the mentally ill. Call  (714) 796-0200.





Orange County Community Housing Corporation, located in Santa Ana, CA is committed to helping the low income transition into housing. Case managers can provide them with greater self sufficiency by assisting with housing and education. The organization maintains section 8 housing units that are affordable. They don’t  provide funds for paying rent. The address is 501 N Golden Cir Dr #200, Santa Ana, California 92705, or to learn more dial (714) 558-8161.

La Habra Family Resource Center offers applications to rent help (and other needs) in Spanish and English. Rent help, grants, clothes, homeless shelters and more is offered from 501 S Idaho St., La Habra, CA 90631. Phone (714) 447-3460.

Families Forward, which is run out of Irvine California, is a service-enriched housing assistance program that serves families with minor aged children in South Orange County. Phone number is (949) 552-2727, and address is 8 Thomas, Irvine, CA 92618.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church helps struggling Irvine families. Everything from an unpaid Internet bill help to payments for rental arrears, water or trash bills. They cover the immediate area of the parish at  9 Hillgate, Irvine, CA 92612. Immigrants, single parents, the disabled and unemployed (among others) can get emergency financial aid-rent help. Call 949-854-1000 ext 236.

WISEPlace offers homeless prevention and repaid rehousing, including to single mothers. Get grants for security deposits or to pay first or last months rent. There are job programs, free motel vouchers, utility connection fees and other support. Address is 1411 N Broadway, Santa Ana, California 92706. Call (714) 542-3577 for rent or deposit help or information on government aid.

TBRA in Fullerton is rent subsidized housing. Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program is for seniors or the low income (that have source of income) that live in the City of Fullerton. The government office is at 303 West Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832. It is a time limited program in which the tenant gets financial support to pay their rent for up to one year. Call 714-738-6544.

Catholic Church of Saint Cecilia - Uses donations from the community, there may be very limited funds to pay for rent for the Tustin California region in a crisis. Telephone - 714-544-3250. Location is 1301 Sycamore Ave, Tustin, California 92780.

St. Vincent de Paul is a social service agency run mostly by volunteers in Orange Count and donations. Whether it is a few dollars for rent or a critical bill, furniture for a new apartments, vouchers for a motel room, or other aid, they try to help the needy as well as vulnerable. More on Orange County St. Vincent California rent assistance programs.

South County Outreach supports the Irvine area with eviction prevention, rehousing, and emergency rent assistance. If behind by more than one month, funds may be offered. All tenants and families are screened for eligibility for a rent grant, and financial aid is combined with budgeting, advice, and stabilization services. Location is 7 Whatney, Irvine, California 92618. Main number is (949) 380-8144.





Homeless Prevention and Outreach - The Irvine based center may have funds or interest deferred loans for a partial rent payment. Other services may include referrals and advice on preventing evictions. The currently homeless may learn about transitional or low income housing in Orange County, or programs to pay for a security deposit or moving costs. Call 949-380-8144, or the main address is 7 Whatney, Irvine, California, 92618.

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California offer referrals. The Orange County non-profit provides the working poor, unemployed, immigrants and others with information on shelter, energy or rent assistance and homeless prevention as well as other housing programs. Or learn about furniture, vouchers, and more. The address is 12432 S 9th Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840. For referrals, call (714) 534-6450.

Eviction Prevention, emergency rent help and more may be offered as part Orange County’s Continuum of Care program. This is for families facing eviction and the currently homeless. This can provide grants for paying rent, security deposits, moving expenses, and other housing needs. Other services offered will address the clients overall financial health and can include credit counseling programs.

There is a focuses on homeless prevention, while will be one time financial support, including rental assistance.  Other resources offered in California may be transitional housing, outreach and assessment, emergency shelter, and permanent, low income housing or apartments. Call 949-646-4357.

Catholic Charities Community Outreach Services has information and referrals on basic needs. This may include shelters, homeless prevention programs, and other social services. While more limited, the charity may have information on rental assistance, low income housing for the disabled or seniors, or security deposit programs. They also help Mexican workers, Spanish speakers, migrants and more from the church. Some non-profits in Orange County may only issue loans to pay costs such as rent or a deposit. For referrals, the main Santa Ana group is at (714) 347-9602. Or read more on Catholic Charities housing assistance Orange County CA.

Referrals to rental assistance and the so called one door system for homeless individuals is available in Orange County. There is also possible support for qualified individuals that are behind on their mortgage or rent and are faced with an eviction. Assistance available may include emergency funds to pay for back rent, transitional housing or apartments, shelters, and more. (888)-600-4357

Family Assistance Ministries Gilchrist House can offer case management, shelter, supportive services, and aftercare for homeless children and women and/or families with young children. Address is 1030 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA 92673. Or call 949-492-8477.

Buena Park Community Resource Center on helps Buena Park residents. Partial rent or mortgage payment help. money for water or electric bills (to stop evictions), and more. All financial and rent assistance is offered from 6601 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90621 on a first come-served basis. Dial 855-796-3456.

Anaheim Community Development Department works with local charities, non-profits, and other organizations to offer homeless prevention programs. There may be emergency rental assistance and other services. In an effort to reduce risks, some of the partner organizations may offer qualified low income families a loan for their bills or rental payments. Support and assistance programs may be available for people who are experiencing an unexpected hardship. Dial (714) 765-4300.







Southwest Minority Economic Development Association of Santa Ana California can be contacted for information on local low income housing programs, and other charity programs, such as food and hot meals. Call (714) 547-4073, or the address is 1601 W 2nd St, Santa Ana, California 92703.

San Antonio Family Assistance assists families with children, including single dads or moms, pay their rent due to an unexpected hardship. Location is 5800 East Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807. Dial 714-974-9728 and leave a detailed message.

Assistance League of Orange covers the city only. Call 714-269-3382. Note in order to receive help, all applicants must live in the city of Orange only. Based on funding levels, various resources may be offered. Assistance may be for rent expenses. If facing an eviction due to an overdue energy bill, then help may be offered for that as well. Oftentimes a loan is used for housing or rental assistance. This is the local branch of the nationwide wide charity organization. They direct clients, including single moms or the jobless, to financial assistance for rent, utilities, electric bills, mortgages, and even security deposit help. The office is at 124 S Orange St, Orange, California 92866.

Tenant eviction and rehousing is used to keep a family in their home and help people locate a new, affordable apartment. Assistance including rent, motel vouchers, and security deposit help is paid using government grants. Legal representation and landlord mediation is also often combined with rental assistance to prevent homelessness.

The less fortunate can learn about one time as well as long term rent help. Or legal aid can help with housing discrimination or help the low income apply for benefits, like cash aid or rent subsidized apartments. More on Orange County California eviction and rehousing help.

Legal Aid Society of Orange County offers qualified low income families, including the elderly, with free advice or representation. Issues addressed can be for stopping evictions, unsafe or discriminatory housing, and general homeless prevention. Only civil matters are addressed. There are offices in Santa Ana and Anaheim. Call 800-834-5001. There are multiple offices in Orange County, Anaheim and other areas, but the main center is at 2101 North Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana, California 92705.

Anaheim Community Foundation runs a service known as the Motel Families Project. This can help those on the verge of eviction, as well as currently homeless families with rent assistance, case management, utility assistance, and moving expenses and other expenses. Some grants for deposits may be available. The address is 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Ste 433 Anaheim, CA 92805, or call (714) 765-4419.

Friendly Center, Inc. offers multiple assistance programs. Phone number is (714) 771-5300. Emergency assistance is available in Orange County. Food, housing resources for the physically or mentally disabled, rent grants and other aid is offered. Office address is 147 W. Rose Ave., Orange, California 92867.





Garden Grove United Labor Agency of Orange County runs an Emergency Assistance Program, which provides basic needs assistance including rent help, food resources, individual Case Management, and homeowner and landlord/tenant counseling. Mailing address is 13252 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843, or call (714) 740-0928.

Mercy House Living Centers, Inc. is for the homeless and families looking to move into a permanent home. The non-profit will pay out financial assistance and cash grants to people without housing or someone who is currently in an Orange County shelter. The center and its staff will use the money to assist with paying security deposits, utility deposits, rent assistance and other housing/moving costs. Dial 714-836-7188, or the address is 1505 E 17th St, Santa Ana, California 92705.

A housing program known as Transitional Housing and Supportive Services for Homeless, Pregnant Women and their Children is offered by Toby’s House. Call 949-661-4408. This resource offers housing, rental assistance, free food, clothing and an extensive variety of supportive services, including eviction prevention, to homeless, pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy) and their young children for up to two years if they qualify for aid. Capistrano Beach address.

Serving People in Need, Inc., Guided Assistance to Housing Placement Program, may be able to provide transitional housing, rental support services, and more to ensure clients and low income members of the community learn to maintain housing, help them stay in their homes or apartments, stabilize their finances and become self-sufficient over the long term. Dial the Costa Mesa CA agency at (714) 751-1101.

Share Our Selves is a local non-profit. Main address is 1550 Superior Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Call the agency at (949) 270-2100. Get information on Safey Net and Social Services in Orange County. Whether unemployment, CalWorks homeless prevention, rent funds, or EAF, help is offered.

Community Action Partnership Of Orange County supports the region. Main address is 11870 Monarch St, Garden Grove, California 92841. Call (714) 839-6199. Applications to HEAP and other housing resources are available. The goal is to fight poverty, help immigrants and the unemployed, and more. Information is offered to Spanish speakers too. Continue with Community Action Orange County California.

Interval House helps people, including women, children, teenagers or refugees, that have experienced violence, including domestic violence. The Rapid Re-housing program is used. Free grant money for lodging, utility or rent deposits and more. Also get legal aid for housing or abuse needs as well as counseling. Dial 714-891-8121 ext 300 for information on housing and rent help.

St Irenaeus Catholic Church only assists people in the parish boundaries. They can help the low income, immigrants, Mexican workers, and others from 5201 Evergreen Ave, Cypress, CA 90630. Some of the financial aid may be for rent or housing. Dial (714) 826-0760.

Fair Housing Council of Orange County addresses housing discrimination and evictions. Get help with finding safe and affordable housing, repairs that landlords need to make, illegal or questionable eviction notices as well as housing laws, and even free landlord-tenant mediation to try to come up with back rent payment plans. The main address is 1516 Brookhollow Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Dial 714-569-0823 to speak to a representative.

Orange County Interfaith Shelter can help through rehousing. Also access a free, emergency homeless shelter, case management, and social services. Call 949-631-7123 for intake.

Residents with AIDs or HIV may get financial help. APAIT Health Center helps residents with HIV and/or AIDs only. The non-profit is at 12832 Garden Grove Boulevard, Garden Grove, California 92843. There is emergency financial assistance, including for rent, mortgages, or utility bills. Or get transportation, supportive housing, medical help and more. Call 714-636-1349.  Radiant Health Centers (address 17982 Sky Park Circle, Irvine, California 92614, phone 949-809-5700) may also help with rent, storage costs, disability applications and more.

Housing and rental assistance programs for veterans, military service members, and their families

Several non-profits and charities focus on helping veterans, National Guard, Active duty service members, and those who serve our country who live in Orange County. Find how the government helps them pay their rent to stop homelessness; rehousing services for veterans; charities that work to provide free furniture or legal aid to stop evictions; and other veteran housing programs.

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) runs a rental and housing assistance program  for homeless veterans and those on the verge of homelessness and the aid focuses on the disabled. Additional support is provided too. The Long Beach VA determines eligibility for the program and will then refer them to the Orange County Housing Authority (no waiting list). Hundreds of people get help per year with an extensive variety of needs. Phone - (562) 826-8000 Ext. 2336, or read more on veteran programs that help pay rent.





Support The Enlisted Project is a volunteer driven charity. They only assist active-duty enlisted members and recently discharged enlisted Veterans and their families. Resources are limited. Get emergency financial help for mortgages, rent or security deposits, electric bills, car payments, auto repairs and more. The address is 1631 W Sunflower Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704. The goal is to help with past due housing (rent, utilities or mortgages) as well as go forward costs. Dial (253) 442-2366, (714) 444-0075, or (866) 424-5210.

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program of Orange County has a couple different agencies that offer it. The government resource is for veterans and their families. SSVF provides financial assistance for security rental deposits to help them transition to permanent housing. Or get free grant money to pay back rent to stop evictions, rapid rehousing, help applying for VA benefits, financial planning and more. The two locations are:

  • 1736 Family Crisis Center address is 12391 Lewis Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840. Veterans can dial 714-620-7303..
  • United States Veterans Initiative at 7077 Orangewood Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92841 . Call 657-400-1326)

Foundation for Women Warriors helps female veteran in Orange County. Get free furniture for an affordable rental unit, child care help (so the veteran can go to work), and of course housing. Free motel vouchers for women veterans, rental assistance, and more. They will also work to rehouse veterans if homeless. Call the foundation at 310-733-2450 ext 1.


By Jon McNamara














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