Are you homeless and your kids attend school in South Orange County? One Step has two programs that may assist single parent families in need of housing.

Our host home program offers emergency housing for 30 days in one room of a Christian's home (two additional 30 day stays may be available).

'Our House' is a 3 month transitional housing program that offers up to 6 months to those meeting program guidelines.

While living in either a host home or Our House, the single parent family works with a parent partner and a financial counselor to help the family get into a place of their own and become self-sufficient once again. Single parent families cannot be fleeing abuse, must be capable of working full time, and are screened for drugs.

If you are in need of housing, please click below to describe your situation.

Why a transitional house?

  • Many transitional houses are full.
  • Many transitional houses don't house children 12-18 years of age.
  • Other transitional house residents must have a car and a job.

You don't have to have a car or job to be housed in Our House, but you do have to have a teenager.

Goals

  • Take single parents with teenagers out of motels, cars, and off the streets into stable housing.
  • Provide the tools for single parents to become self-sufficient.
  • Set individualized plans that utilize services that will equip them financially, spiritually, vocationally, and domestically.
  • Partner with local churches, businesses, and private parties to operate and fund this program.

Team

  • Program coordinator: The Director of One Step Ministry oversees the program, coordinates the Our House team, and provides volunteer opportunities for the residents.
  • Job training and skills: A recruiter assists residents with resumes and locating jobs. A certified business coach provides mock interviews and career tips.
  • Case Manager: A volunteer meets weekly with residents to identify and accomplish goals needed to become self sufficient.
  • Parent partner: A volunteer meets bi-weekly to help the family identify their needs, then helps create and monitor a plan to meet those needs.
  • Spiritual Counselor: A volunteer meets monthly with each resident to provide spiritual guidance and pray with and for them.
  • Financial counselors: A volunteer with a background in finance or accounting helps each resident establish and maintain a budget.

Resident Requirements

  • Residents must speak English and be in the U.S. legally
  • Residents must have at least one child 12 years or older
  • Residents must be homeless or live in a motel
  • Residents must have a hunger to change their life situation and willingness to work the plan they create

Resident Responsibilities

  • Our House residents pay a refundable deposit of $200
  • Our House residents save 30% of their income
  • Our House residents must participate in Bible study or Book Club and attend TerraNova Church
  • Our House residents must meet regularly with a financial counselor, case manager and parent partner