How We Do It

Homeless Intervention Services of Orange County (HIS-OC) currently runs four programs that assist people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Our shelters and supportive service programs provide assistance to our community’s most vulnerable population. HIS-OC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

What Sets Us Apart

We are different from an emergency shelter or single program shelter because we provide a longer-term guided process to achieve self-sufficiency. Our programs require a commitment on the part of our clients and provide tools so that a return to homelessness is prevented. Homeless Intervention Services of Orange County integrates job training, therapy, case management, and education into a continuum of care that addresses each client’s specific needs.

Help is Available

We’ve been helping people find their way home since 1989.
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Providing Shelter and Reunification for Families

Transitional Housing Program

We have 54 beds in 3 shelters that provide a safe place to stay for families. Residents can stay 4 to 6 months, in a home-like environment, while they establish themselves in a career and build up savings in order to transition into permanent housing. We house over 150 men, women and children each year in a spirit of dignity and love through our three residences.

Supporting Transitional Age Youth

Transitional Aged Youth

Our Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) program was created out of a long-observed need to provide wraparound services for a unique population that does not fall into the common category for family shelters.

Supporting Transitional Age Youth

Transitional Aged Youth Shelter

Combining Housing Education and Skills for Students. A transitional 12-24 month program for 18-24-year-olds. Residents attend college, trade school, or complete a high school diploma/GED requirements. Many of our residents were in the foster care system and do not have help navigating the education system. Our case managers help them set personal goals and connect them to appropriate resources.

Helping College Students

HomeShare OC

An intergenerational home-sharing program for students and homeowners aged 55+, the first of its kind in Orange County. This program matches homeowners that have an available room to rent with a college student in need of an affordable place to live. In exchange for reduced rent, up to $500 a month, the student will provide up to 5 hours of household chores or companionship.

Guiding to Services and Support

Housing Connection Program

Our Housing Navigators are the initial point of contact for people needing housing assistance.  One of the  first questions they ask is “where did you sleep last night.” They begin a dialogue to help determine how to assist each individual whether it’s admission to one of our programs or guidance to services of one of our partners.   

All of our programs empower at-risk and homeless men, women, and children to:

  • Sleep safely and comfortably off of the streets
  • Eat nutritious meals
  • Improve their mental health
  • Increase their earning potential
  • Create and maintain a sustainable family budget
  • Develop and achieve short and long-term goals
  • Reunite with their children
  • Rebuild their lives for a better, brighter future
  • Secure permanent, stable housing

Humans of HIS-OC

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Day of the Child Event

April 20, 2024

HIS-OC joins Day of the Child Event on April 20, 11am–3pm. Hosted by B.A.C.A, enjoy food, games, and family resources. No child deserves to live in fear!

Give Back Event benefiting Homeless Intervention Services of Orange County

March 22nd, 2024

Shop for good at Kendra Scott, March 22nd, 2024, 1-3pm. Support HIS-OC with on-site and online sales. Use Promo Code GIVEBACK-GBZMK at checkout.

Message in a Bottle

May 16, 2024

2024 Fundraising Event: Support the unhoused and underprivileged with officials, local businesses, entertainment, auctions, and refreshments. Join us for a meaningful evening of giving back.

Classic Car Show: Live Music, Food Trucks, Raffles—All Day Fun!

TBD: (Fall 2024)

To enter your car or motorcycle, or become a vendor contact for more information!

News & Announcements

Last year we helped over 1000 people with our programs and guided 85% of those in our resident programs to permanent housing. Since 1989, we have guided over 5000 people out of homelessness and back into productive and fulfilling lives.

Excellence in Placentia Nominees 2024

HIS-OC wants to thank our community for nominating us for Placentia Non-Profit of the Year 2024. We appreciate the support, the continued community involvement, and the recognition as an upstanding organization for the cause of serving the unhoused and underprivileged...

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