Tom had made an epic mess of his life. From a young age, Tom began using drugs, and his addiction eventually sent him to jail. For 30 years, Tom’s life had veered around addiction to heroin and a life behind...Read More
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.
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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
Combining Housing Education and Skills for Students. A transitional 12-24 month program for 18-24-year-old men. 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
Home Share 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
It takes a village to raise a family. HIS House is that village to many. The Richardson parents had worked hard to support their family but when one of them lost their job, their world turned upside down. No longer...Read More
Can you imagine having two kids but not being able to hear them? This is the story of the Norig family. The mom and dad of two beautiful children (1 & 3 years old) are both deaf and they also...Read More
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.