success stories


After spending years homeless on our City’s beach, Michael worked with our Homeless Task Force to secure housing for himself and his loyal companion, Shogun.  Hear from Michael on the steps he took to overcome homelessness in Huntington Beach and how our City’s Homeless System of Care led him to safe and stable housing. Michael now prioritizes helping others who are homeless in Huntington Beach.


After losing his housing in Huntington Beach, Don became homeless in Huntington Beach and lived in his car until he was able to connect with City services to find housing.  After working with the Homeless Task Force, Don was able to find employment and acquire a housing voucher.

april 2022, Male participant

“I became homeless living on streets after turning 18 when I aged out of foster care.  The Huntington Beach Homeless Task Force encouraged me to go to the Navigation Center to find help.  After staying at the Huntington Beach Navigation Center, I was matched to a housing voucher.  Now, I have my own home for the first time.  I have been able to live peacefully and will be attending college this year while applying for jobs.   I discovered I love cooking and have a new sense of stability.”

april 2022, senior male PARTICIPANT

“My homelessness started after my wife died and the room I was renting for some years fell through.  Even though I was working as a security guard during my retirement, I could not afford to pay for rent on my own.   Being homeless since 2019, I stayed at many shelters but wasn’t able to get my housing figured out.   The Huntington Beach Navigation Center helped match me to an Emergency Housing Voucher.   I now have a place of my own that I can afford and feel secure again.”

march 2022, senior female PARTICIPANT

“I was homeless for three years after my husband passed and I was not able to stay on the property where I once lived.   The Navigation Center helped me get to my doctor appointments and helped match me to housing assistance.  I have my own home again after working with the Navigation Center staff.”

march 2022, male PARTICIPANT

“Mercy House helped to match me to the rapid rehousing program for rental assistance.  I am now working full time, going to school part time and workingn to rebuild my relationship with my family.  That extra support helped me find a new place to live that I can afford.”

march 2022, male PARTICIPANT

“I am a senior without any family in the area.  I became homeless in 2020 and the Homeless Task Force connected me to the Huntington Beach Navigation Center.  While receiving assistance to find housing, I was also connected with numerous supportive resources.  I was able to find housing through an Emergency Housing Voucher and now I have plans to join the Huntington Beach Senior Center.”