South County Outreach Lake Forest

26776 Vista Terrace
Lake Forest, CA 92630

(949) 380-8144 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Non Profit Organization that provides housing assistance

General Information:
South County Outreach has operated its Transitional Housing Program since 1994. This program is dedicated to assisting families with dependent children who have found themselves without safe housing options and need some help and guidance to get back on their feet. We operate the Transitional Housing Program through 16 condominiums owned by South County Outreach at locations throughout the cities of Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel. At any given time, there are approximately 37 adults and 66 children residing in our units. The average length of stay is 6-9 months depending upon the family’s need and their progress. The goal of the program is that each family becomes self-sufficient and secures permanent housing. Program Structure After being screened for eligibility and accepted into the program, families are assigned to a case manager and partner throughout their time in the Transitional Housing Program. An individualized plan is developed with each participant based on the needs of the family. Mandatory weekly meetings monitor and evaluate the family’s progress and weekly life-skills workshops provide the participants with the necessary tools to become self-sufficient. In conjunction with their case manager, each participant learns to create and stick to a livable budget. In addition, each family sets up a savings program through South County Outreach to save up to 25% of their income each month to be applied toward permanent housing at the end of their program. Each family pays rent, not to exceed 30% of their income, and pays a security deposit. South County Outreach also works with other non-profits and contracts with various experts to provide a comprehensive list of services, including:     Weekly case management meeting     Career coaching and apparel vouchers     South County Outreach computer training / computer donations     Consumer credit counseling     Parenting skills workshops     Nutritional food, groceries and cleaning supplies     Program participants may continue to participate in a number of services after they move into permanent housing Applications Applications can be picked up at the office or downloaded. Click here to download a rapid rehousing application. Click here to download a transitional housing application. Program Eligibility Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for the Transitional Housing Program:     Must be a homeless family     Must have dependent children age 17 or younger. Single mothers, single fathers and married couples with dependent age children are all eligible to apply. Parent must have primary custody of the children.     Must be employable     Must have Social Security Card for each family member     Must agree to abide by program rules and fulfill requirements For more information on the Transitional Housing Program, please call (949) 380-8144 ext. 205 or 208.


Helpful Definitions For South County Outreach Lake Forest:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.

How To Volunteer at South County Outreach Lake Forest:
Be a volunteer. Call South County Outreach Lake Forest at (949) 380-8144 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About Listings: does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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