Hart Community Homes was founded in 1996 to assist
Orange County youth who are placed in the foster care system. We
operate two state-licensed residential treatment homes in Orange, CA
for boys ages 13-18. Our youth have a background of abuse, parental
alcoholism and drug addiction, family mental illness, neglect and abandonment.
We begin working with these youth when
they come to our homes from the Social Services Child Welfare System. We
continue to provide services and support until our youth are emancipated
successfully into the community.
Youth “aging-out” of the foster care system
at the age of 18 with out adequate independent living skills has been
a growing national concern for decades. The consequences of inadequate
employment training and support have intensified conditions of incarceration,
homelessness, poverty and unemployment.
The 1999/2000 Orange County
Grand Jury reported that with in 12-19 months of emancipation,
50% of emancipated foster youth were unemployed
and had been homeless,
37% has not finished high school,
27% of males and 10% of females had been incarcerated,
33% were receiving some form of public assistance, and
45% were involved in out of wedlock birth.
Monkey Business Café, a 501c3 non profit social
enterprise, was opened in August 2005 in direct response to the need
for further support.
Monkey Business Café offers a
6 month paid job training program. Participants work one-on-one
with a job coach to foster a pathway to success that includes work
experience, employability skills and living skills.
In addition, youth
have life time access to a resource room that includes computers, community
resources (housing, transportation, mental health services, medical
services), career exploration, and educational support.
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To heal, educate and
empower at-risk youth to become healthy, productive and self-sufficient
adults in the community
To provide the necessary continuum
of care to youth in and emancipating out of the foster care system
in order to eliminate homeless at-risk youth and adults in the community.
Community Homes Residential treatment homes for foster
care youth ages 13-18. We currently have contracts with Los
Angeles County, Orange County and San Bernadino County.
Monkey Business Café
and Workforce Development Program
HUD approved Home
Resale program participants. Purchase, rehabilitation
and resale of homes to low and median income buyers. HCH provides
affordable housing through ownership and management of low cost rental
Who do we serve?
Teenage boys in the foster care system (13- 18 years)
Youth transitioning out of the foster care system (18+)
A work site for One-Stop Centers and Providence Community Services
STAY Process Program, providing employment (16-24 years)
We are also a resource center for all alumni and youth in the
foster care system that need assistance with
community resources (such as employment, housing, education
and mental health).
Please click here to download
Community Homes Brochure
Special Thanks to:
Dave Triepke and Universal
Wilson Phelps Foundation
Pacific Life Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Alcoa Fastening Systems
Swayne Family Foundation
And all of our wonderful volunteers