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.

Homeless Throughput System



By The Numbers

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


people experienced homelessness in 2022


children live below the poverty line

0 Million

people in Orange County's population


More than 318,000 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.

A Letter from The Divisional Secretary for Orange County

As an Army we believe in working with those who come through our doors to help them win the battle against fear, desperation, drug addiction, loneliness, hopelessness, financial crises, broken families, food insecurity, joblessness, homelessness and any other aliment that seeks to keep them from being a thriving member of our great Orange County community. 

This work is daunting and scary as we work in places others fear to go. We jump into situations that just seem unwinnable to the individual living through it and sometimes to our Orange County community. Situations where a multi-year homeless person is feeling there is no hope for them, a man living under a bridge in a flood control channel, a woman living in her car who believes no one cares, a young person lost in addiction who feels they have no way out, a disabled older adult who is frail and afraid living on our streets, a fifth grader who is embarrassed that they cannot read at grade level or a parent who is wondering how they will feed their family.

Your gifts have given us the ability to Rescue the Perishing by moving them from despair to hope, to Renew the Ability to Thrive by showing people their value and helping them move on to a new life, and to Restore others to Healthy Community where they move from a receiver of help to a person who gives back to our great community. It is our prayer that the Lord will bless all the gifts you give to us to help others. On behalf of those we serve, thank you.

Warm Regards,

Majors Ken and Jenni Perine

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 $25 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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