Cal Fresh

The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. 

California LifeLine Program

Offers basic home phone service at a discount (Note: May only participate in one LifeLine program.)

California Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Get help with utility bills and weatherization.

CalVet Home Loans

If you are ready to buy a home, CalVet Home Loans is here to meet our veterans' home financing needs. You will find the CalVet Home Loan is a true benefit with features that will save you money, simplify the lending process, and help you protect your investment.

CalVet Ren Communities

A program where the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), together with affordable home builders, is bringing affordable home ownership to veterans who have low incomes. The CalVet REN (Residential Enriched Neighborhood®) program utilizes the Enriched Neighborhood® model. This model provides permanent housing in a neighborhood context (12 homes or more) that focuses on moving low income families up into middle class through specifically designed services for veterans and their families. 

CalVet Veterans Homes

The mission of the CalVet Homes is "to provide the state's aged or disabled veterans with rehabilitative, residential, and medical care and services in a home-like environment." Veterans who are age 55 and above and discharged from active military service under honorable conditions, are eligible to apply for admission. The age requirement is waived for disabled or homeless veterans needing long-term care.

Certificate of Eligibility

The Certificate of Eligibility may be required for to apply for a VA insured home loan. Learn how to get one here.

Edison CARE/FERA Programs

Offers the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs to provide income-qualified customers with bill relief.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for veterans and their family members is a component of several benefits and provider programs.


An online directory of food pantries, soup kitchens and non-profit organizations that provide food.

Homeless Courts

Homeless courts are special court sessions held in local shelters or other community sites designed for homeless citizens to resolve outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Homeless defendants sometimes fail to appear in traditional courts, not because of disregard for the court system, but due to the status of their condition. The American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Homelessness and Poverty offers technical support.

Homeless Veterans Outreach and Support

CalVet is addressing veteran homelessness by working with various government and non-government agencies and organizations, throughout California, to provide advocacy and services needed by the homeless population and those dealing with the threat of becoming homeless.

Housing Resources for Homeless Veterans

Through, state-wide collaboratives, strong partnerships, and advocacy, there are many services for all California veterans. These services and resources are available for veteran on the verge of or experiencing homelessness, as well as programs dealing with the issues that surround homelessness.

OC Housing Authority

A division within Orange County Community Services that administers federally funded programs to provide monthly rental assistance to qualified tenants in privately owned rental housing.

OC Rescue Mission Veteran Initiative

Regardless of discharge status, the OC Rescue Mission can provide counseling, medical, dental care, housing, and other veteran-specific services
Contact: Rob Jewel, USAF Veteran at (714) 716-261

Path: Making It Home

Offers temporary and permanent housing; linkages to healthcare, job centers; and other supportive services.

VA Home Loans

Find out about home loan guaranty benefits and other housing-related programs to help buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for personal occupancy.

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH): provides permanent housing subsidies and case management services to homeless veterans with mental and addictive disorders through a collaboration of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veteran Affairs.

Veterans First OC

A 501c(3) agency in Orange County that works to provide services exclusively to OC's homeless and at-risk veterans. Veterans First OC provides a multitude of services including housing, meals, case management, life skills, mental health counseling, benefit counseling, transportation, as well as job training and employment placement assistance.