We love telling success stories of Orange County residents benefiting from our Housing initiatives to reduce homelessness, enable access to stable housing and reduce student mobility through Rapid Re-housing and other housing strategies.

By growing a stronger community one person at a time, we are building momentum towards our FACE 2024 Housing goal: to cut the percentage of homeless and housing insecure children in half by 2024.

Enjoy reading these success stories!


Home, healing and hope

Viola had worked hard all her life. A few years ago, while she was living in a gated community, Viola never thought she would be homeless and living in a shelter. No one ever does.


Moving toward a new future

More than 8,000 people experience homelessness on any given night in Orange County. See how a transitional housing program helped Lily and her family obtain safe shelter and secure housing.


From penniless to philanthropist

At 37, Jenny found herself homeless, penniless, without medical care and needing life-saving treatment. Seven years later and a graduate of a women in crisis program, Jenny is now a shining example of our shared success.


From heartbreak to hope

After a series of setbacks, Delbert and his three children were evicted and forced to live in motels. Thanks to a program funded by Orange County United Way, the family received hope and help to move into a new place and get back on their feet.


Finding hope and dreaming big

After years in an abusive marriage, Yanira found the courage to embark on a new life. With her four daughters in tow, she sought refuge at an emergency shelter. Today, Yanira is on the road to self-sufficiency, and her daughters are striving to realize their dreams.