Placements

Our Results

Off the Streets – Huntington Beach is a non-profit charity focused on housing the homeless in Orange County and Riverside County California. As shown below, we have housed over 600 homeless individuals since our startup in 2014.

Placements this year: 25
Placements grand total: 711*
Success rate: 93.3%**

Additional Results

Additional Results

* Total individuals placed since our startup in June of 2014.
** Percent of clients who remained housed during their lease period.

Placements By Year

Placements By Category

Success Rate

Video: The Many Faces Of Homelessness – Off The Streets Huntington Beach

You can read the story of every person we’ve placed below.

Angela and her daughter, 6/26/19

Please join us in congratulating Angel and her daughter for ending their homeless situation by getting into a place of their own. We built a budget with Angel and when she found a place that fit this budget we were happy to pay their security deposit so they could move in. Read their full story below:

Where we were living before we became homeless:
Me and my child are homeless living pillow to post or sleeping in my car, often times family allows my child to sleep at their home but there is no room for both of us, in that case I will feed, bath and put her to bed before I leave for the night, I usually try to park close to where my child is because, due to go and get her ready for school

How I became homeless:
February 13, 2019 I quit my second job due to being sexually harassed by my supervisor who received No repercussionsa, February 15th 2019 I was fired from my 1st job!! Which caused me and my child to become homeless!! I was living paycheck to paycheck and unable to save money

How long I’ve been homeless:
March 1st 2019, which was the following month after I was fired from both jobs I was unable to pay rent, so I was able to move in with my mother for a limited time which was 1mnth due to her home being over crowded, April 1st 2019 I had to leave my mothers home in which I began to sleep in my car

Where I’ve stayed:
Since I became homeless, I’ve stayed with multiple friends,I’ve also stayed in a few hotels,
I’ve stayed in I have stayed with my mother, and often times I have slept in my car an parked somewhere familiar or where I felt safe, those are all the places I’ve stayed during my current homelessness

What help I need:
I need assistance with my 1st month and my security deposit, due to me having to pay whom ever allows me and my child to sleep and bath at the home, also due to homelessness me an my child have too eat out which can be very costly, hygiene products gas for my vehicle and insurance…. I’m basically living paycheck to paycheck

Where I’ve been living most recently:
Me and my child are homeless living pillow to post or sleeping in my car, often times family
allows my child to sleep at their home but there is no room for both of us, in that case I will feed, bath and put her to bed before I leave for the night, I usually try to park close to where my child is because, due to go and get her ready for school

Haleii and her 2 kids, 5/21/19

Dear OTS.
Thank you very much for helping my family end our homeless situation by paying our security deposit so we could move into our rental. We have been without our own place to live since November 2018. My children and I have found a place and are in need of assistance with the deposit. Upon move in I am required to pay first months rent as well as, the deposit. Given my current circumstances I am unable to afford both the rent and deposit at one time.
Sincerely, Haleii

This family brings our placements this year to 23 and our grand total since we started OTS in 2014 up to 709. Read more about us at OTSHB.COM.

Tina, 5/11/19

Dear OTS,
Thank you for helping me get into my own place by helping me with the security deposit so I could move in. You can read my story below.

Where I was living before I became homeless:
In my own apartment with my ex husband in Anaheim California. The fighting became unbearable to the point where he was raising his hands to me and abusing me and other ways. I told him I was going to go stay at my sister’s until he figured out where to go.

How I became homeless:
While I was at my sister’s my ex-husband change the locks to the home and made it to where the landlord would not give me the new key. He had other people living in my home that also would not allow me in. I was living in my car for a while until it was towed illegally.

How long I have been homeless:
I have been homeless since about August of the year 2015 with sleeping on the couch at my sister’s house or living out of my car after that. Thereafter, I was sleeping anywhere I could from 2016 and forward. Since April 2018 I have been in an illumination foundation transitional shared housing.

Where I have been staying:
I have lived on the train tracks in Anaheim off of Brookhurst and Cerritos, I have lived in my vehicle, I have lived on the street, in front of a building, behind a building, at various parks, and I also lived at the Civic Center Flags, I have lived at the courtyards homeless shelter, and an illumination Foundation transitional shared living house.

What kind of help I need:
I need assistance with the deposit for my apartment because I have received a voucher from section 8 for an apartment home of my own and I do not have the ability to come up with that much money that quick. I do work for Lyft as a driver & will be able to pay my portion of the rent there after.

Where I have staying most recently:
I am currently living in an illumination Foundation shared living transitional home with five other occupants in Santa Ana California off of Euclid and 1st Street. I do have my own room, however the program is shutting down in June and everybody has to find someplace else to be. I need help with the deposit for my new home.

Sincerely,
Tina

Tina is the 20th person we’ve helped this year and the 706th since we started OTS in 2014. Read more about us at OTSHB.COM.

Lance, Taylor and Tammie, 5/4/19

Dear OTS,

Thank you for helping us avoid becoming homeless by paying our security deposit so we could move into another apartment. Read our story below.

Where we were living before we became homeless:
We are not yet homeless, we are still living at the address we rented. After 20 years the landlord decided to sell the property and we have no choice but to move. We were given a 90-day notice to move which will end on 4/30/19. I had moved into this rental with my son, daughter, and granddaughter. My daughter has since passed away five years ago.

How we became homeless:
We are not homeless yet but if we can’t find help with the deposit we will be homeless on 5/1/19 because our 90-day notice will end that day. The landlord raised the rent and our share of the rent went over an amount which we could not afford so we had to look for a rental that we could afford.

How long we have been homeless:
We currently are not yet homeless but will be very soon if we cannot get help with the deposit before our 90-day notice is over. We do not have family or friends we can stay with or any money to stay in hotels in the event we do become homeless.

Where we have been staying since we became homeless:
We are still staying at our rental address we have been at for 20 years. We decided to go with The apartments because their deposit was so low, but after we paid for the credit and background checks and a small holding fee the deposit which we could not come up with in the short amount of time we had left.

What kind of help we need:
The specific help I need is solely for the deposit. The apartments advertised on approved credit. We were approved but we didn’t have a great average credit between three adults and our income is low so they increased the deposit to a huge amount. We wanted to go elsewhere but we invested too much money on fees, and there is nothing else available that we would qualify for.

Where and who we have been living with:
I currently live with my son, 35 and my granddaughter, 20 and I am 60. We all still live together because both my son and granddaughter both take care of me. In 2016 I started bleeding internally but I didn’t find out until about 4 trips to the hospital later. During these trips, I was given too many antibiotics and contracted a deadly GI infection which almost killed me and left me with lasting effects.

Thank you,
Lance, Taylor and Tammie

This family brings the number of people we’ve helped this year up to 19 and our grand total since we started OTS nearly 5 years ago up to 705. Read more about our work at OTSHB.COM

Jonathan, 5/2/19

Dear OTS,
Thank you for helping me to avoid becoming homeless by paying my security deposit so I could move into another apartment. Please see my story below.

Where I was living before I was about lose my home:
I was living in an apartment in Santa Ana and they refused to renew my lease it’s a small studio apartment on the border of Santa Ana and orange in a low income apartment complex with property management who is not very understanding of people with mental disabilities or dual diagnosis.

How I was about to lose my home:
My old complex refused to renew my lease because of an incident of my friend having a psychotic episode and scaring my neighbors and so after a few months of going back and forth with property management including my friend apologizing to my neighbors and management so made the decision that I just wasn’t a good fit for the community.

How long I have been without a home:
I would only be homeless for one day if I receive your help and that would be on April 29- April 30,2919. I am currently not homeless but on the verge of losing everything that I’ve been working for since I got into the shelter plus care housing voucher program.

Where I have been staying:
I will be staying in the back of a uhaul till I’m able to move into the new apartment. Other wise I haven’t been homeless yet but on the verge of being homeless with no hope or vision of getting off the streets anytime soon or in the near future.

What kind of help I need:
I’m going to need assistance with getting some of the standard or basic furniture you need to have a normal home such as dressers and shelves. But most importantly I will need assistance in securing the money for a security deposit in order to move into a new place and not be homeless.

Where I have been staying most recently:
I am currently living on my own in a small studio in Santa Ana that I have to vacate due to the property management exercising the right the right not to renew my lease for an uncontrollable event that happened with a dual diagnosed friend of Mina which scared my neighbors.

Thank you, Jonathan.

Jonathan is our 16th person we’ve helped this year and the 702nd we’ve helped since our founding of OTS in 2014. Learn more about us at OTSHB.COM

Nakesha and her 2 kids 4/11/19

Please join us today in congratulation Nakesha and her 2 kids for ending their homeless situation. We were happy to help build a budget with her and then pay her security deposit so they could move in. Read their story below.

Dear OTS,
I was living in Los Angeles California a single mother of four I’ve been there since nine years for nine years and two children were out the home. For some time now me and my family were sick and then out the doctor for a couple years now and rashes and just can eat and something was not right I might begin to pursue help to see what was causing the issues and I discovered things eyes when I left home for the weekend and I wouldn’t throw up or be sick but when we will come back home we will end up. Me and my family have been homeless since beginning of December I’ve been looking for housing ever since then I became really sick and was not able to I had a surgery and how does it my appendix was removed and after I’ve been looking ever since for someone who would take Section 8 voucher. At first when we became homeless we were staying at family houses so I will go to different family members house from time to time after going to different family members home I had started I was told by the by the hospital that the DPSS a helper or worker would help us after that we begin to I took them to today or we stayed at motels they send us to motels. My main concern is trying to find how trying to get someone to help us with our deposit because I have the home I just don’t have the deposit our home was recently inspected we pass inspection so now and I’m only looking for assistance with the deposit and it would be that’s a great plus if you can help us with Furniture we don’t have anything due to the circumstances we just. We are currently everywhere we’re in my car we was spend the night over my family’s house but they got they had to move so I don’t know where we’re going to be at basically remove on a day-today basis so I don’t know where we’ll be at.
Thank you, Nekasha

This family is the 15 placement this year and the 701st since our founding in 2014. Read more about our work at housing the homeless at OTSHB.COM.

Ralph, 3/29/19

Please join us today in congratulating Ralph for ending his homeless situation. Read his story below.

Dear OTS,
I was staying at the Regal Inn in Buena Park and paying month-to-month after moving from an apartment in Hawthorne. I liked the freedom that a motel afforded me paid on a monthly basis without needing to have a security deposit or up to three times the rent in income. I moved back to OC from Hawthorne after our lease ended to be closer to family in La Habra.

Due to many expenses I ran out of money to pay for our motel and slept on the street, in alleyways and in parks. I was receiving Social Security income. I stayed at motels when I could afford it but when I couldn’t, I would stay in the park.

I have been homeless from about March 2015 to present– I received assistance from City Net to get into an emergency motel stay in March 2016 and was a currently stay in the Eagle Inn and Suites in Anaheim but am not able to completely cover rent during longer months, during those times I rely on other agencies to pay for my motel stay.

I stayed in San Marino Park in Buena Park from 2015-2016. After I met City Net at San Marino Park, they assisted me with an emergency motel stay at Motel 6 Buena Park which was paid by City Net and 2016. Eagle Inn and Suites– Paid by City Net (2016- 2017)

I specifically need assistance paying for my security deposit, and is needed by move in. I am unable to provide this deposit myself. I am able to cover rent for the month (cost is subsidized by Anaheim Housing Authority voucher) which meets the budget provided by Off the Streets.

I am staying at the Eagle Inn and Suites in Anaheim, California. I live by myself and pay rent on a weekly basis. I have been at the Eagle Inn since 2016 when City Net assisted me with finding an affordable motel as a temporary living situation, but I have struggled to find an affordable apartment.
Thanks, Ralph

Raph is the 12th person we’ve placed this year and the 698th person we’ve placed since we started OTS back in 2014. Read more about us at OTSHB.COM.

Jessica and her 2 kids, 2/26/19

Please join us in congratulating Jessica and her 2 kids for ending their homelessness situation. As described in her story below they have been staying in multiple hotels to keep a roof over their heads. When Jessica called we built a budget with her, and when she found a place she could afford, we were happy to pay the security deposit so they could move in. We will soon be providing this family much-needed furniture so they can turn their new rental into a real home.

Dear OTS,

Used to live in Tustin until 2 years ago. Old friend of 7 years convinced us to move to Washington state to “join house cleaning business.” I was to be her trainer recruiter. When I leased up I soon realized she just wanted me to help her clean to cut her days in half. No programs like in California for my son. No one to watch him. Drowned in debt. Trying to get home.

Our original move-in date was the 10th of this month. Moved to the 21st because of excess water damage renovation. Had to wait for housing to do their inspection, on the 20th. Now waiting for previous return deposit to arrive in mail. We are currently using up the remaining amount to go towards the deposit, to buy rooms so we don’t have to sleep in the car. Homeless 24 days.

We had to move out of our previous place the 31st of January, 2019. We have been homeless since then, from February 1st, 2019 until current, (Sunday February 24th, 2019). So for the last 24 days we have had to try to find the “best deals” in hotel rooms, packing up and moving every day or every couple of days. Extended Stay America in Lake Forest, California. Extended Stay America in Anaheim, California. Extended Stay in Newport Beach, California. Rodeway Inn in Buena Park, California. La Quinta Inn in Costa Mesa, California. Key Inn and Suites in Tustin, California. Some of these locations we had to stay more than one night, move to another location, then move back.

Our landlord has approved our tenancy and is now just waiting for us to pay deposit to move in. I previously sent the move in welcome letter. I still have not received our previous rental deposit from previous landlord, and I have had to use all other funds on hotels. We will also need furniture help, living room and sons bedroom.

We are currently homeless. My 11 year old daughter, 10 year old autistic son and I have been living in hotels moving from room to room for the last 24 days. We have stayed in Orange county area hotels. The process has been anything but easy with a disabled child.

Thank You, Jessica

This family brings our placements this year up to 11 and our grand total up 697 since we started OTS back in 2014.

Kathy, 2/23/19

Please join us today in congratulating Kathy for finding a new home after being asked to leave her last apartment. Because of her low income, she asked OTS for help with her initial security deposit, which we were happy to do.

Dearl OTS,

At this time I am living with a friend. It is a temporary agreement until I could find a apartment and he is moving. When he moves if I don’t have an apartment I will be homeless with no place to go or place to stay. He agreed to help me out while I look for and can find an apartment of my own so I could get back on my feet. Prior to that I was living in an apartment and with the problem I was having. My manager gave me a 60 day notice so I could relocate and not lose my section 8. I’ve been staying at my friends while looking for an apartment but have to move out soon.

I am looking for assistance with the security deposit on an apartment that I have been approved for. I am on SSI and don’t have enough money to pay for the security deposit and first month rent to be able to move in to my apartment so I can get back on my feet.

Thank you, Kathy

Kathy is the 8th person we’ve placed this year and th 694th since we started helping the homeless get into permanent housing back in 2014.

Kendra and her 3 kids, 2/21/19

Please join us today in congratulating Kendra and her 3 kids for ending her homeless situation. In fact, we were ready to place Kendra several weeks ago, but that rental fell through, but she persisted and we were finally able to pay her security deposit so she could move in. Now she and her 3 kids have a place they can call their own again. Read Kendra’s story below:

Dear OTS,

I was living in my own home with my 3 children for 3 years before i was asked to move. i was given a 90 day notice due to landlord did not want to renew my lease. I have been homeless since oct 2018. i been looking for a place i found one but due to housing in a different county my price range change and i was unable to get in the unit so then i had to keep looking for a place which cause me to be homeless even longer.

This is the longest i ever been without a place i been staying pillow to post in my car most of the time. It’s been a long journey for me and my kids trying to find a place that accepts housing is very hard. I’ve stayed in my car most of the time i stayed in motels when i can or at friends house for a max of 2 day due to I’m not on the lease. I couldn’t stay didnt wanna get anyone in trouble. I’m tired of this situation it’s truly humbling

I need help with my deposit because I’m a single mother. I have other moving expensive lik paying my first months rent. Also we all need beds pots and pans blankets lamps tv. I had to throw a lot away when we moved so something to get us started, anything will help.

Thank you, Kendra

Kendra and her 3 kids bring our placements this year to 7 and our grand total since we started helping the homeless get housed back in 2014 up to 693. Read more about us at OTSHB.COM.

Robin and her daughter, 12/3/14

Mom and daughter reunited – making our total placements this year to 42 people! Robin and her daughter were living with a roommate who became aggressive and verbally abusive to the point where Robin had to leave for safety reasons. … Continue reading

Michelle and her 3 kids, 11/5/14

Meet the family of 4 that brings our total placements this year to 40 people. Michelle struggles with health problems but with subsidized housing she and her 3 kids were doing fine. Suddenly the landlord decided not to accept tenants who … Continue reading

Robert, 11/3/14

Never lose hope is the lesson we learn from our 36th person placed, Robert! 4 years ago Robert was laid off from his job and things went downhill from there. He couldn’t afford his rent so he lost his apartment. … Continue reading

Garrett, 11/1/14

A quote from Garrett, our 35th person placed, “Are you guys for real?  No one is that nice.” Garrett had been sleeping in the allies of HB for 6 months after he had given up on life because his girlfriend he … Continue reading

Cheryl and her 3 kids, 10/31/14

A changed heart comes out of our 34th person placed!  Cheryl was a homeless mom with 3 kids living in their car. Her one opportunity to get into an apartment was about to be denied by her prospective landlord but … Continue reading

Kemeisha and her 5 kids, 10/13/14

Meet the family that allowed OTS to make our 30th person placed this year. Kameisha and her 5 children had been living in a shelter for several weeks. Their time there ran out and even though Kameisha found a house she … Continue reading

Tammy and her 3 kids, 10/2/14

Today we placed Tammy and her 3 kids, making this family our 21st person placed.  Tammy was suddenly widowed which made things difficult enough but on top of that she has epilepsy and had to miss a lot of work … Continue reading

Janice’s family of 4, 9/29/14

We were just able to help Janice, her daughter Thalia, and Thalia’s 2 children get into their own home, making this family our 17th person placed. This family had been living in their car, struggling to make ends meet for … Continue reading

Phyllis, 9/26/14

Please meet Phyllis, our 13th person placed!Sometimes you may see someone and not even know they are homeless, and that describes Phyllis perfectly! Phyllis is a beautiful woman, and until today she was also homeless. She had been living in … Continue reading

Aaron, 9/19/14

Aaron, our 12th person placed, had been homeless since Christmas of 2013 when he got laid off from his job. He was living in and out of motels when he could.   Three weeks ago he finally found a job … Continue reading

Tametrea and her daughter, 9/9/14

Tametrea and her daughter, the family that allowed us to make our 11th person placed, were renting a place but the ower had to sell it which put this mom and her daughter on the streets.  Unable to afford the … Continue reading

Shane, 8/12/14

Today we placed Shane into a rented room, allowing us to make him our 9th person placed. Shane first contacted us in early July when we first started up Off The Streets – Huntington Beach, and his tenacity in finding … Continue reading

Damon, Nicole, and 2 Sons, 8/9/14

Today we placed Damon, Nicole, and their 2 teenage boys into a rental, making this family our 8th person placed this year.  Their family moved to the area about a month ago and when they couldn’t find a place to … Continue reading

David, 8/1/14

Today we placed David into a shared rented room, making him our 4th person placed. Homelessness would be a serious impediment to David’s path to recovery. David is now in a good place living with a good support group that he … Continue reading

Larry, 7/21/14

We were able to place Larry, our 3rd person placed, into an apartment today by paying his upfront security deposit. Until now, Larry has been staying at the Salvation Army Shelter. Larry has been living in temporary situations since December 2013, … Continue reading

Ryan, 7/10/14

Today we placed Ryan, our 2nd person placed, into his own room by paying the upfront security deposit.  We pray this housing will help Ryan get back on this feet after being homeless for just under a month.  Until now … Continue reading

Kory, 6/19/14

We are happy to report that after our start up in early June, 2014 OTS-HB helped our first person off the streets on June 19, 2014. Kory was referred to us by a pastor from our church. Kory had a job, 30 … Continue reading