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Housing Organizations in Orange County, California

Casa Youth Shelter 
"Casa Youth Shelter's mission is to provide temporary shelter and counseling services to runaways and youth in crisis, enabling them to come through the crisis with increased personal strength and a sense of renewal while in a supportive environment, with family reunification as the primary goal. * Casa is one of only 2 youth shelters serving the Greater Long Beach Metropolitan area as well as one of only 2 in Orange County. * Casa has 12 beds and provides shelter to approximately 200 youth per year. * Casa provides temporary shelter for up to 2 weeks to adolescents, ages 12-17, who are runaway, homeless, or at risk of becoming runaway or homeless. * Many of the youths who come to Casa have suffered from abuse. Last fiscal year we filed child abuse reports on behalf of kids who were physically abused (50%), sexually abused (17%), and who suffered from neglect or abandonment (20%). * A primary goal at Casa is to help each child reunite with family if such reunification will not threaten the safety of the child. To help accomplish this goal, Casa utilizes an extensive counseling program that includes 3-4 sessions of family therapy each week as well as 2-3 sessions of group counseling and/or educational classes each day. * After Care family counseling is provided, ideally for 2-3 months following a child's departure from the shelter. * Parenting classes are also provided to the parents of residents as well as to the community at large. * Casa hosts a youth leadership program for high school students. This program is called Youth Development Program (YDP)"  Los Alamitos
Corazón, Inc. 
"Thirty years ago, three Orange County residents felt a need to help the poor in several villages surrounding Tijuana. They provided food, clothing, basic supplies and spiritual help. In 1978 they officially formed Corazón as a nonprofit organization. During the early years Corazón helped by meeting the immediate needs with food, clothing and shelter. Volunteers repaired some of the 'homes' (actually shacks of pallets and cardboard) of the poor. This 'repairing' quickly turned to building complete houses. Building Houses Over the next five years Corazón developed a turnkey construction system for a 12’ x 20’ house with a wood floor and foundation. Using this system, a volunteer sponsor group on a one-day contribution event could build a complete home for a family. familia Corazón From 1983 to 1996, Corazón grew from building 8 houses a year to building 8 houses in a day. In 1995, the Familia Corazón program was conceived and developed as an overall approach to help families escape poverty while building a stronger community.... Today, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, Corazón has built over 750 new houses and repaired hundreds more. We have profoundly affected the lives of over 1,000 families, provided annual scholarships to thousands of students and have witnessed several of our students graduate from college.... Currently Corazón has over 150 students in elementary school, 50 in middle and high school and five in college! The Familia program is currently assisting over 500 families in 5 communities in Baja California."  Laguna Hills
Dial 2-1-1 
"Info Link Orange County to Launch New Health and Human Services Hotline Info Link Orange County has launched its free 2-1-1 phone service effective today, June 30, 2005. Specially trained operators will be able to tell callers where they can get a variety of health and social services, such as emergency housing, food for their family, help overcoming substance abuse, finding a runaway teen, or reporting suspected child abuse.... DIAL 2-1-1 today for – 1/ Referrals to human care resources o Food o Shelter o Child Care o Services for persons with disabilities o Resources for Older Adults and their caregivers o Alcohol and drug services o And much more… 2/ Volunteer Match 3/ Service Providers wanting to be included in our comprehensive database."  
Habitat for Humanity, Orange County 
"Habitat for Humanity of Orange County believes that everyone can and should have a simple, decent place to live and grow into all that they can be. Habitat for Humanity is a home ownership program that instills pride and encourages hope by offering a constructive means for families to break the cycle of poverty. Habitat brings together volunteers, families and supporters who want to make a difference. You too can help Habitat build stable families, safer neighborhoods and caring communities. Join us in this exciting mission by picking up a hammer, joining a committee, and/or making a contribution and together we will tackle the challenge of substandard housing. Choose a topic for volunteer opportunities. "  Santa Ana
Materials Matter / Home Improvement Outlet 
"Materials Matter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing donated and low-cost building materials to other nonprofits revitalizing their communities and building affordable housing. Since 2004, we have distributed over $2 million in materials to nonprofit organizations and recycled over 45 million pounds of good, usable materials headed for landfills. Explore our site to read more about our programs for nonprofits, our Deconstruction and Recycling division, and our social enterprise store the Home Improvement Outlet, serving the public with brand new, low-cost home improvement materials."  Corona
Orange County Affordable HomeOwnership Alliance 
"The Orange County Affordable HomeOwnership Alliance (OCAHOA) is a collaboration of business and civic leaders to develop viable solutions to increase the availability and supply of quality affordable housing for working families. Partners of OCAHOA include the Orange County Business Council, Merrill Lynch, Fannie Mae, the Building Industry Association, Wells Fargo and the Enterprise Foundation."  Irvine
Workforce Housing 
"Support affordable homeownership development in Orange County by providing financial resources to developers of affordable housing. Serve as a resource center for local governments, businesses and the development community, highlighting successful programs, and identifying new resource opportunities and unmet needs. Support training and technical assistance to nonprofit developers, including helping create new public/private partnerships within the development community. Make low interest loans available to affordable housing developments for pre-development costs and site acquisition. Develop additional resources for affordable housing developments in Orange County."  
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