Homeless Services & Resources
Over the past 4 years, the cities of North Orange County, including Orange, and the County of Orange provide funding and support for a network of facilities that directly address the most common reasons displaced individuals cannot get out of their situation. This partnership is guided by the proven Continuum of Care model, that moves unhoused clients through a process that helps them recognize their issues and concerns, provides resources for overcoming them, and then offers a path towards re-integration.
Orange and North Orange County Cities Join Forces to Find Solutions to Homelessness
The effects of chronic homelessness have been felt by every city in Orange County. In order to help address the issue, and find ways to address the underlying problems that lead to homelessness, Orange has joined with the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Placentia, Villa Park, Stanton, and Yorba Linda in an unprecedented partnership called the North Service Planning Area (SPA). The North SPA Partnership is a joint collaboration that includes two full-service Navigation Centers to provide help to the region’s homeless. The Buena Park Center and the Placentia Center will provide homeless individuals a total of 250 beds, health resources, job skill training, and the ability to reconnect with lost family. These facilities join the two shelters already built by the City of Anaheim, which house another 326 beds.
In early 2018, in response to public outcry, the County of Orange evicted the homeless living along the Santa Ana River Trail. When the original plans for the evictions became public, the County and several cities were sued, alleging that local anti-camping ordinances were a violation of the constitutional rights of the homeless. At nearly the same time, the United States Court of Appeals, in an unrelated suit, ruled that anti-camping ordinances may not be enforced on Public property when there are no local shelter beds available.
The North SPA partnership was formed as part of an agreement to settle this suit and avoid further costly litigation.
While each of the North SPA Cities contribute funding toward, a majority of the funds come from non-general fund sources. In late 2018, the State of California awarded the North SPA $12 million dollars in Homeless Emergency Aid Program funding, and the County of Orange has committed both $6.5 million dollars for the construction of shelters, and $1.5 million dollars annually for operations.
In addition to our participation in the North SPA, Orange has undertaken several other initiatives over the past few years to address our local homelessness issue. We partnered with HomeAid of Orange County to develop the Orange Family Care Center, which specializes in serving the needs of families who have found themselves homeless.
The Orange Police Department’s Homeless Engagement, Assistance & Resource Team (HEART) program has been operating since 2013. HEART Officers engage daily with our local homeless individuals, working with them one-on-one to help facilitate their re-entry back into mainstream society.
Increasing the availability of affordable housing is also an important key to solving the homelessness crisis. Here in Orange, we also have a long history of encouraging the development of affordable housing projects. In Orange, we have one of the highest number of such units anywhere in the County.
The problem of homelessness in our City and County is one that has been growing for a long time. This is not a problem that will go away in a day, or be solved in a few months. One of the first steps will be learn how we can best mitigate the impacts our local homeless population has on our City’s residents and businesses. Transitioning our homeless population out of that lifestyle will be an easier adjustment when there is a mutual agreement to co-exist.
The goal of a homeless future is one we can all agree on. Together with our County and City partners, we are working to find both short-term and long-term solutions for a future where those without homes may find help and hope.
215 N. Lemon Street, Fullerton, CA 92832
Hot Meal To-Go: TUE 6 PM – 6:30 PM
Food Pantry: WED 8 AM – 9 AM Provides hot meals, perishable and nonperishable groceries. Provides clothing, blankets, and personal hygiene items when available.
951 N. Idaho Street, La Habra, CA 90631
Hours: SUN 1 PM – 2 PM
Offers drive up grocery distribution and to-go hot meal.
Pathways of Hope Food Pantry
611 S. Ford Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: 714-680-3691 ext. 220
Hours: MON – FRI 1 PM – 4 PM
Clients can select food items from what is available.
Saint Andrews Episcopal Church
1231 East Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831
Due to an abundance of caution with COVID-19, the Hot Prepared Meals program has changed to "grab and go" meals. Individuals also receive an additional sack of lunch for the following day.
Provides a hot prepared meal as well as a sack lunch for the following day.
Seventh Day Adventist Church
2355 W. Valencia Drive, Fullerton, CA 92833
Hours: TUE 9:30 AM – 1 PM
Food bags, clothing, small appliances, and toiletries.
1001 E. Lincoln Avenue Orange, CA 92865
Hot Entrée Meal To-Go: THURS 4 PM – 6 PM
Food Pantry: MON – FRI 1 PM – 5 PM
2950 East Imperial Highway, Brea, CA 92821
On the last Saturdays of even months, we gather at Southlands to distribute food to needy families.
Map listing food pantries throughout Orange County.
13280 Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Hot Meal: 4:30 pm-6:30 pm THURUP
KITCHENS & FOOD PANTRIES
First Presbyterian Church of Garden Grove Shower Plus Ministry
11832 Euclid Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Breakfast: TUE and THUR 6 AM – 10 AM
Hot meal and shower (last shower at 9:40 AM).
Southwest Community Center
1601 W. Second Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703
Hot Meals To-Go: MON - SUN 12 PM – 1 PM
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen
720 W. 19th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Breakfast: SAT - SUN 9 AM – 11 AM
Lunch: MON - FRI 12 PM – 3 PM
Welcome Home Ministry
18225 Bushard Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Hours: SAT 6 AM – 12 PM
Offers hot meal, shower, clothes, laundry facility, and haircuts.
We Care of Los Alamitos
3788 Cerritos Avenue, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Hours: TUE, THUR, FRI 10 AM – 2:30 PM
Provides perishable and non-perishable groceries.
Family Assistance Ministries Food Pantry
1030 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA 92673
Hours: MON – FRI 10 AM – 3 PM
30071 Glenn Ivy Dr, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Hours: 2nd & 4th THUR 10 AM – 3 PM
32203 Del Obispo Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Hours: 2nd & 4th THUR 10 AM – 3 PM
Families Forward Food Pantry
8 Thomas, Irvine, CA 92618
Hours: MON - THUR 10 AM – 2 PM
Father Serra’s Food Pantry
31520 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Hours: MON, WED, SAT 10:30 AM – 12 P
Laguna Beach Food Pantry
20652 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Hours: MON - FRI 8 AM – 10:30 AM
South County Outreach Food Pantry
7 Whatney, Suite B Irvine, CA 92618
Hours: MON, WED – FRI 9 AM – 3:30PM
TUE 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Vineyard Community Church
27631 El Lazo, Suite A, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Hours: MON 4 PM – 6 PM WED, FRI 12 PM – 2 PM