Haleii and her 2 kids, 5/21/19

Dear OTS.
Thank you very much for helping my family end our homeless situation by paying our security deposit so we could move into our rental. We have been without our own place to live since November 2018. My children and I have found a place and are in need of assistance with the deposit. Upon move in I am required to pay first months rent as well as, the deposit. Given my current circumstances I am unable to afford both the rent and deposit at one time.
Sincerely, Haleii

This family brings our placements this year to 23 and our grand total since we started OTS in 2014 up to 709. Read more about us at OTSHB.COM.

Tina, 5/11/19

Dear OTS,
Thank you for helping me get into my own place by helping me with the security deposit so I could move in. You can read my story below.

Where I was living before I became homeless:
In my own apartment with my ex husband in Anaheim California. The fighting became unbearable to the point where he was raising his hands to me and abusing me and other ways. I told him I was going to go stay at my sister’s until he figured out where to go.

How I became homeless:
While I was at my sister’s my ex-husband change the locks to the home and made it to where the landlord would not give me the new key. He had other people living in my home that also would not allow me in. I was living in my car for a while until it was towed illegally.

How long I have been homeless:
I have been homeless since about August of the year 2015 with sleeping on the couch at my sister’s house or living out of my car after that. Thereafter, I was sleeping anywhere I could from 2016 and forward. Since April 2018 I have been in an illumination foundation transitional shared housing.

Where I have been staying:
I have lived on the train tracks in Anaheim off of Brookhurst and Cerritos, I have lived in my vehicle, I have lived on the street, in front of a building, behind a building, at various parks, and I also lived at the Civic Center Flags, I have lived at the courtyards homeless shelter, and an illumination Foundation transitional shared living house.

What kind of help I need:
I need assistance with the deposit for my apartment because I have received a voucher from section 8 for an apartment home of my own and I do not have the ability to come up with that much money that quick. I do work for Lyft as a driver & will be able to pay my portion of the rent there after.

Where I have staying most recently:
I am currently living in an illumination Foundation shared living transitional home with five other occupants in Santa Ana California off of Euclid and 1st Street. I do have my own room, however the program is shutting down in June and everybody has to find someplace else to be. I need help with the deposit for my new home.


Tina is the 20th person we’ve helped this year and the 706th since we started OTS in 2014. Read more about us at OTSHB.COM.

Lance, Taylor and Tammie, 5/4/19

Dear OTS,

Thank you for helping us avoid becoming homeless by paying our security deposit so we could move into another apartment. Read our story below.

Where we were living before we became homeless:
We are not yet homeless, we are still living at the address we rented. After 20 years the landlord decided to sell the property and we have no choice but to move. We were given a 90-day notice to move which will end on 4/30/19. I had moved into this rental with my son, daughter, and granddaughter. My daughter has since passed away five years ago.

How we became homeless:
We are not homeless yet but if we can’t find help with the deposit we will be homeless on 5/1/19 because our 90-day notice will end that day. The landlord raised the rent and our share of the rent went over an amount which we could not afford so we had to look for a rental that we could afford.

How long we have been homeless:
We currently are not yet homeless but will be very soon if we cannot get help with the deposit before our 90-day notice is over. We do not have family or friends we can stay with or any money to stay in hotels in the event we do become homeless.

Where we have been staying since we became homeless:
We are still staying at our rental address we have been at for 20 years. We decided to go with The apartments because their deposit was so low, but after we paid for the credit and background checks and a small holding fee the deposit which we could not come up with in the short amount of time we had left.

What kind of help we need:
The specific help I need is solely for the deposit. The apartments advertised on approved credit. We were approved but we didn’t have a great average credit between three adults and our income is low so they increased the deposit to a huge amount. We wanted to go elsewhere but we invested too much money on fees, and there is nothing else available that we would qualify for.

Where and who we have been living with:
I currently live with my son, 35 and my granddaughter, 20 and I am 60. We all still live together because both my son and granddaughter both take care of me. In 2016 I started bleeding internally but I didn’t find out until about 4 trips to the hospital later. During these trips, I was given too many antibiotics and contracted a deadly GI infection which almost killed me and left me with lasting effects.

Thank you,
Lance, Taylor and Tammie

This family brings the number of people we’ve helped this year up to 19 and our grand total since we started OTS nearly 5 years ago up to 705. Read more about our work at OTSHB.COM

Jonathan, 5/2/19

Dear OTS,
Thank you for helping me to avoid becoming homeless by paying my security deposit so I could move into another apartment. Please see my story below.

Where I was living before I was about lose my home:
I was living in an apartment in Santa Ana and they refused to renew my lease it’s a small studio apartment on the border of Santa Ana and orange in a low income apartment complex with property management who is not very understanding of people with mental disabilities or dual diagnosis.

How I was about to lose my home:
My old complex refused to renew my lease because of an incident of my friend having a psychotic episode and scaring my neighbors and so after a few months of going back and forth with property management including my friend apologizing to my neighbors and management so made the decision that I just wasn’t a good fit for the community.

How long I have been without a home:
I would only be homeless for one day if I receive your help and that would be on April 29- April 30,2919. I am currently not homeless but on the verge of losing everything that I’ve been working for since I got into the shelter plus care housing voucher program.

Where I have been staying:
I will be staying in the back of a uhaul till I’m able to move into the new apartment. Other wise I haven’t been homeless yet but on the verge of being homeless with no hope or vision of getting off the streets anytime soon or in the near future.

What kind of help I need:
I’m going to need assistance with getting some of the standard or basic furniture you need to have a normal home such as dressers and shelves. But most importantly I will need assistance in securing the money for a security deposit in order to move into a new place and not be homeless.

Where I have been staying most recently:
I am currently living on my own in a small studio in Santa Ana that I have to vacate due to the property management exercising the right the right not to renew my lease for an uncontrollable event that happened with a dual diagnosed friend of Mina which scared my neighbors.

Thank you, Jonathan.

Jonathan is our 16th person we’ve helped this year and the 702nd we’ve helped since our founding of OTS in 2014. Learn more about us at OTSHB.COM

Nakesha and her 2 kids 4/11/19

Please join us today in congratulation Nakesha and her 2 kids for ending their homeless situation. We were happy to help build a budget with her and then pay her security deposit so they could move in. Read their story below.

Dear OTS,
I was living in Los Angeles California a single mother of four I’ve been there since nine years for nine years and two children were out the home. For some time now me and my family were sick and then out the doctor for a couple years now and rashes and just can eat and something was not right I might begin to pursue help to see what was causing the issues and I discovered things eyes when I left home for the weekend and I wouldn’t throw up or be sick but when we will come back home we will end up. Me and my family have been homeless since beginning of December I’ve been looking for housing ever since then I became really sick and was not able to I had a surgery and how does it my appendix was removed and after I’ve been looking ever since for someone who would take Section 8 voucher. At first when we became homeless we were staying at family houses so I will go to different family members house from time to time after going to different family members home I had started I was told by the by the hospital that the DPSS a helper or worker would help us after that we begin to I took them to today or we stayed at motels they send us to motels. My main concern is trying to find how trying to get someone to help us with our deposit because I have the home I just don’t have the deposit our home was recently inspected we pass inspection so now and I’m only looking for assistance with the deposit and it would be that’s a great plus if you can help us with Furniture we don’t have anything due to the circumstances we just. We are currently everywhere we’re in my car we was spend the night over my family’s house but they got they had to move so I don’t know where we’re going to be at basically remove on a day-today basis so I don’t know where we’ll be at.
Thank you, Nekasha

This family is the 15 placement this year and the 701st since our founding in 2014. Read more about our work at housing the homeless at OTSHB.COM.