A Helping Hand

The spirit of the Easter season calls for transcending difficult situations. In that spirit:


The question came up recently concerning how to find affordable family housing in a district with good schools. The questioner had to move out of one such district due to illness. Illness and serious accidents are always a possibility. And many in Orange County who would consider themselves deeply in the middle class are only a few paychecks away from not being able to pay the rent or mortgage. Most of us probably think that the possibility of being homeless is something that happens to other people, but it would never happen to us. But sometimes the unthinkable becomes the reality. And with the current number of foreclosures, finding decent housing and providing good education for a family may become more of an issue.

If you find yourself in this position, you are not alone. There are organizations that can help. In this post, I am highlighting three of these organizations. One applies to Irvine residents and workers only (FOR Families); the others apply to a larger part of Orange County. These organizations might be able to help you with immediate and long-term needs. Don’t hesitate to contact them. They can help you understand what options are open to you and your family.

Families Forward
9221 Irvine Blvd, Irvine 92618
Families Forward is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated community members working with the City of Irvine and the Irvine Company who shared the same vision of providing supported housing programs for families in crisis. For over 23 years, Families Forward has addressed the needs of low-income and homeless families in Orange County. The comprehensive array of services offered at Families Forward empowers families to regain stability and self-sufficiency. Our homeless prevention services include career coaching, life-skills education, and food assistance. These services are supplemented by the rigorous Transitional Housing Program, which has resulted in more than 4 out of 5 families successfully transitioning from dependence to financial stability and returning to being productive residents of the community.from Families Forward website

Jamboree Housing
17701 Cowan Avenue, Suite 200, Irvine 92614
Jamboree strengthens California communities by creating opportunities for lower-income families, seniors, and those with special needs to access housing that is affordable, resident services that are responsive, and programs essential to improving the quality of their lives.from Jamboree Housing website

FOR Families
Irvine Civic Center

FOR Families provides information and short-term support to individuals, couples and families living or working in Irvine who need assistance identifying and accessing needed services and resources. Our focus is on supporting the well-being of our community members. FOR Families is a confidential and free service to those who live or work in Irvine. Program hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and alternate Fridays. (Evening appointments available upon request.)from the City of Irvine website

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