Transitional Housing Program

Families live in scattered-site apartments in Orange County for up to 18 months. During that time, they work with case managers to increase their self-sufficiency and gradually lessen supports. Our case managers emphasize educational and job-training programs that enable parents to raise their hourly wage.

Eligible families for this program agree to:

  • pay up to 30% of their income for rent and utilities
  • save 10% to 30% of their income
  • find employment
  • set weekly and long-term goals
  • rehabilitate their credit and learn to budget
  • improve life skills

Families can receive up to 12 months of subsidized child care at local centers, for which they pay a maximum of 5% of their income. OCIS provides gas cards or monthly bus passes for transportation. At the end of 18 months, case managers help families find new homes.



Rapid Rehousing Program

OCIS quickly places families in permanent homes. We initiate contact with landlords, but the lease will be in the name of the family name. OCIS provides subsidized rent, utility deposits and moving costs. Case managers ensure families receive the right referrals, emphasizing education and job-training programs that help parents increase their salaries.

Families that are eligible for this program agree to:

  • pay an increasing portion of their income for rent and utilities
  • assume full responsibility for rent and utilities after 18 months
  • find and maintain employment that will increase family income
  • develop a plan to overcome issues that led to loss of housing
  • rehabilitate their credit and learn to budget
  • improve life skills

Families can receive up to 12 months of subsidized child care at local centers, for which they pay a maximum of 5% of their income. OCIS provides gas cards or monthly bus passes for transportation. With their increased income after 18 months, families can pay the full rent themselves on the apartment. If they prefer to move, their case manager will help them find a different permanent home.



Be a Part of the Solution!

The impact of our work is not limited to the immediate effects of intensive counseling and support over a 6 to 24 month period. Because entire families are involved, the long-term effects are generational. As a result, we take great care to address the physical and emotional needs of parents and their children in a manner, which says, "You deserve (and are worthy of) decent clothing, healthy food, access to healthcare, access to education and a nice place to live." This holistic approach reflects every aspect of our program - setting high expectations through practice, environment and action.

Our housing programs have long-term impact on families and our community. Parents can provide for their children. Children are thriving and learning in school. Families break the cycle of poverty and homelessness for the next generation. Graduates of our programs lead productive lives. Donate or Volunteer today!


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