Student and Family Resources

2-1-1 is a FREE 24-hour information and referral link linking to thousands of local health and human service programs in the Orange County area, including help in times of disaster to help those affected find recovery assistance.  If you or someone you know needs help, dial 2-1-1 for confidential support in 150 languages

Call: 211


Emergency Child Care Support

Children's Home Society of California

CHS is a nonprofit organization working to diligently to protect our community’s children and strengthen their families through diverse programs and services.



Transportation Resources

OC Bus Youth Ride Free Program

The Youth Ride Free program is a promotional pass that allows youth 18 and under to ride all OC Bus fixed-route buses for free. The six-month program will start in September 2021 and passes will be valid through
February 28, 2022.

HOW TO APPLY: Passes and marketing information will be distributed in partnership with
Orange County schools, with parents able to request a pass from
participating schools, the OCTA store, or at
(714) 560-5451

DOWNLOAD Youth Ride Free Flyer (PDF)



Food Assistance


CalOptima Members may be able to qualify for CalFresh. CalFresh assists families with a monthly food budget that may be used at grocery stores, farmers markets and online through participating grocery services.

1-888-587-8088 (TTY 711)

CalFresh (EnglishPDF download | EspañolPDF download)


Second Harvest Food Bank

With the help of our supporters and volunteers, Second Harvest Food Bank works through a network of more than 300 partner agencies and programs to provide wholesome food and fresh produce to more than 400,000 hungry children, seniors and families in Orange County every month.



Emergency Rental Assistance

County of Orange Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The County of Orange's new Emergency Rental Assistance program is offering up to $10,000 for eligible renters who are unable to pay rent or utilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are due by February 28.

Visit / Or text ERA to 898211 / Or call 211



Homeless Services & Support

Orange Unified School District offers a wide range of supports and services to families and students in need. Please contact school administration, office staff, or McKinney-Vento Coordinator directly for additional information and eligibility. We believe that all children, when provided the necessary tools, can succeed. 

  • Nutrition Services 
  • Transportation 
  • School Supplies 
  • Tutoring 
  • Referrals to community agencies and resources 
  • Assistance with medical and vision/dental applications 
  • Short term counseling support 
  • Coordinate community services and supports

For more information, contact: Kristine Nelson, McKinney-Vento and Homeless Liaison
OUSD District Office, Student & Community Services
1401 N. Handy Street, Orange, CA 92867
Phone: 714-628-5424 (main)
Fax: 714-628-4061

Family Application

(English | Spanish)

211 OC Housing Database

A list of Orange County shelters and other housing resources.


Homeless Student School Enrollment

You Can Enroll In School Flyer (CDE)
(EnglishPDF download | EspañolPDF download)


Orange County Family Solutions Collaborative

The Family Solutions Collaborative is a coalition of the leading family service nonprofits in Orange County and was formed to streamline the process for homeless families to be connected to the services they need.

CLICK HERE for Application to Access Points to Orange County Shelters

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Casa Youth Shelter Services:
Short-term and long-term placement programs to provide basic needs for youth and individual, group, and family counseling.
(800) 914-CASA (800-914-2272)


Community Resource Centers

Friendly Center

Friendly Center remains the oldest non-profit in Orange County to stay true to its founding mission of improving the lives of the impoverished by helping them move toward self-sufficiency.  More than 20 free programs and services are offered to low-income families through our locations in Orange County. The programs help support families in different situations to develop long-term solutions.  Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.  Closed weekends and holidays.

(714) 771-5300

El Modena Resource Center/CAP OC

We seek to end and prevent poverty by stabilizing, sustaining and empowering people with the resources they need when they need them. By forging strategic partnerships, we form a powerful force to improve our community.