Homeless Intervention Services of Orange County (HIS-OC) has multiple 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.

Transitional Shelter 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.

CHESS Program

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.

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.

Family Connection Program

Our Housing Navigators work with families who are at-risk or homeless that we are unable to temporarily house. The Navigators connect them to Emergency Shelter, Rental Assistance, Rapid Re-Housing, or Permanent Supportive Housing through the Family Solutions Collaborative.


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