About HIS-OC ~ Homeless Intervention Services of OC
Homeless Intervention Services of Orange County, HIS-OC supports people to overcome homelessness and achieve independence.
Our story began in 1989. The Placentia Presbyterian Church bought a large farmhouse which was situated about a hundred yards from the church. The good people of the church were not sure how to use the building until one member encountered a homeless family, with a pregnant mother, living in a park and couldn’t stand the thought of them spending another night on the streets.
The homeless family was invited to stay at the farmhouse. The farmhouse became HIS House and opened its doors as a mission of the Placentia Presbyterian Church. As time went on, our organization became a refuge for our residents, a safe place for people to go when they need a hand up.
From Farmhouse to HIS House to Homeless Intervention Services of OC.
With a lot of support from our community and donors and more than a little elbow grease, our house is not just one farmhouse offering shelter to a few families. It’s more. The cozy yellow house is still here, but it’s bigger, stronger, better, and brighter than ever before, with room and services to assist the growing number of people who need us. Without picking up a hammer, we’ve added to the structure of HIS House. And because we are now more than just a house, we have changed our name to Homeless Intervention Services of Orange County and acquired our own 501c3 status. We’ve also brightened our color scheme to reflect the greater hope and expanded service we can now bring to the community. Come on in . . . the house is bigger.