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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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Mission Statement

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.

Programs we offer:

Hart 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
Life Skills and Workforce Development Program

Affordable Housing
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 units.

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
the Hart Community Homes Brochure

Special Thanks to:

Dave Triepke and Universal Metro
Sharon Flynn
Wilson Phelps Foundation
Weingart Foundation
Pacific Life Foundation
Allergan Foundation
Prewitt Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Alcoa Fastening Systems
Swayne Family Foundation
And all of our wonderful volunteers


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Hart Community Homes, Inc.
208 N. Lemon St., Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 526-2933
Fax: (714) 526-2653

Monkey Business Cafe
301 E. Amerige, Fullerton, CA  92832
Phone: 714-526-2933
Fax: 714-526-4933

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