Orange County

The Center of Hope is a comprehensive solution that combines a 325 bed low barrier emergency shelter with 72 permanent supportive housing apartments, onsite medical and dental care alongside an award-winning 175-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.



Orange County is being overwhelmed with the realities of our catastrophic homeless epidemic, and it is growing.

The Center of Hope is a comprehensive solution, modeling a public/private partnership that leverages a 325-bed low-barrier emergency shelter, 72-bed permanent supportive housing, onsite medical and dental care, alongside an award-winning 175-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center – all at one location – a campus of freedom, a very Center of Hope. The campus, including four distinct facilities comprising over 190,000 square feet of program space on 6.9 acres, will transition thousands of homeless individuals annually from a life on the streets to a life of sustainable physical, emotional and spiritual health and ultimate autonomy. The result will be transformed lives, safer neighborhoods and business districts, and the real prospect of an end to chronic homelessness in our community.

A vision in the making.

Our partners for the the Center of Hope have helped us create a video reel that beautifully highlights our vision for the center.



By The Numbers

Orange County possesses one of the highest income inequality values in the Greater Los Angeles area.


people experienced homelessness in 2019

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of children live below the poverty line

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people in Orange County's opulation

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More than 384,000 residents of Orange County live in poverty


of homeless are unsheltered

Despite our work and success, there is so much more we can do to fight against homelessness in our county.

The goal is not only to provide shelter for people living in the streets, but to provide comprehensive resources that make sustainable life change possible.

Together we can break the cycle and meet human need in God’s name without discrimination. The Center of Hope is an ambitious, $60 million response to a high-profile community homeless epidemic. It is a 325-bed emergency and permanent supportive housing with medical and dental care facilities, a pet care center, and a 600-seat multi-purpose center to also serve as a chapel.

The Homeless Throughput System is comprised of three major movements: Intervention, Transition, and Re-Integration. 

For ease of communication, these three elements are visually organized around a classic baseball diamond, demonstrating both the progress of each step and the need for continual advancement to achieve success, “Safely Home.” 


The Center of Hope will be the operational hub of the Homeless Throughput System, providing essential care, support, and services through a pathway of empowerment that will guide residents toward a new life of physical, emotional, and spiritual health, and the joy and dignity of true personal autonomy.

The Homeless Throughput System seeks to get people off the streets and reintegrated back into the community. The goal is for individuals to spend three to six months in the center’s facilities to complete the program.

First base represents 60 to 90 days in our low-barrier emergency shelter. Once the 60 to 90 days are completed, they will move to second base, which is placement in supportive housing. At third base, the residents will be enrolled in a “life transformation program” that focuses on achieving sobriety, mental wellness, and work training. The combination of the work training and mental health aims to inspire a “life transformation,” which represents self-sufficiency, independence, and preparation to become contributing members of society once again.


The Center of Hope’s housing tower will be comprised of permanent supportive housing (PSH) studio apartments for homeless individuals and one staff unit.

Each furnished studio will be approximately 400 square feet and will include a small, equipped kitchen and a bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower. Additional apartment amenities will include a community room, social services offices, computer room, and laundry.


The permanent supportive housing will target homeless, single adult men and women, veterans and non-veterans, living at or below 30% to 40% of area median income.

The Salvation Army is particularly qualified to develop and operate the PSH due to its extensive experience serving the homeless, including through permanent supportive housing projects, including a 65-unit project that opened last year in the City of Bell.

Community means everything to The Salvation Army.

We've gathered some videos of the Orange County community discussing The Salvation Army's impact and excitement for the Center of Hope.


A state of the art facility, beautiful on the inside and out.

The Center of Hope will undoubtedly be one of Orange County's most beautiful and impactful architectural works.

A Letter from The Divisional Secretary for Orange County

"As an eight-year-old child moving from South Africa to Australia in the middle of a recession, we found ourselves homeless and without enough food to survive. This was a new experience for me, as our family had everything we needed before coming to our new country. Introduced to The Salvation Army they loved us unconditionally, providing us with food, clothes, emotional and spiritual support. My life changed forever. Motivated by our love for God and a passion to change lives, The Salvation Army Orange County has provided care and support to individuals and families since 1887.

Orange County has a wealth of blessings and resources, yet surprisingly, we find people in our community who do not have family support, a good education or marketable job skills.My wife and I have witnessed the enormous challenges facing many in our community. Our hearts break for your homeless neighbors living on Orange County streets, in their cars, on a family member’s couch. The problem is complex and a “one-size-fits all” approach will not work. But, by working together, we can alleviate poverty and bring hope to the lives of thousands of people in Orange County. We have bold plans and an exciting vision to greatly expand our programs and services to benefit all Orange County residents. We invite you to learn more about our plans, hear our vision for the future and join us as we provide faith and optimism to our community through the Center of Hope."

Warm Regards,

Major Nesan Kistan

Track Record and Impact in Orange County

Throughout Orange County, The Salvation Army has been meeting needs and transforming lives since 1887. The Salvation Army Orange County currently operates two homeless shelters, anti-trafficking programs, community centers, and family services in Orange County.


Emergency Shelter

Our 325-bed shelter provides case management, housing and job navigation, health services, and pet care.

OC Guest House

A safe house serving foreign national trafficking survivors.

Hospitality House

An emergency shelter serving Orange County homeless since 1964.

Center of Hope

A comprehensive care solution that combines a 325-bed low-barrier emergency shelter with 72 permanent supportive housing units.

Thatiana’s House

Orange County's only safe home that serves survivors of Sex Trafficking.

Red Shield Community Center

A recreation center and church serving youth, families, and seniors living in and around the city of Anaheim.


The Salvation Army Orange County has embarked on a $20 million capital campaign to complete the build-out of the 6.9 acres for the Center of Hope campus.


Orange County Housing Finance Trust: $2,500,000

City of Anaheim: $2,000,000
County of Orange: $655,000
OC Neighborhood Works Foundation: $2,000,000 ask has been officially made
The 65 vouchers already secured have a 20 year value of $21,600,000
Committed philanthropically: $6,500,000


The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


Justin Coleman

(714) 210-6036

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