Every person has an intrinsic right to home, health, and dignity.

Our mission is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness in Southern California by providing a comprehensive safety net of client-centered services for the most vulnerable individuals, families, and children.

Housing and Healthcare for the Most Vulnerable Populations

Shelter & Navigation

Our Shelter and Navigation Centers serve the most vulnerable homeless individuals in Orange County, Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire including families and children. Clients are able to stay in the shelters 24 hours a day.

Medical Respite & Recup

Our Recuperative Care Centers provide recovery and stabilization for medically vulnerable individuals exiting hospitals and experiencing homelessness.


We work with clients in all of our programs to ensure they receive the wrap around services needed to continue on a path to stability and permanent housing.


We provide emergency housing and micro-communities combined with comprehensive wraparound services such as case management and counseling for long-term housing stability and a connection to permanent housing.

2021 Impact Report

In 2021, we served 4,362 clients, providing shelter, health care, counseling, connections to social services, housing, and hope.

  • 395,715 Safe bednights were provided
  • 4,362 People were served by Illumination Foundation in 2021
  • 787 Homelessness clients received recuperative care services
  • 655 Individuals were housed
  • 477 Families were housed
  • 243 Children and parents were served in our Family Emergency Shelters

COVID-19 Response

In March 2020, Illumination Foundation was selected by the Orange County Health Care Agency to lead the county’s COVID-19 mitigation effort. Six Project Roomkey sites were established in four weeks, 2,552 individuals were served by Illumination Foundation at COVID-19 program sites, and 100,306 safe bednights were provided.


What IF?

What IF this was where I was born?
What IF this was my bed?
What IF this was my community?
What IF We Worked Together To End Homelessness…


Barbara & Chris

Barbara and Chris Pincheira-Ramos were married on August 17, 2018, and soon after, the Orange County Register featured their inspiring story. Since the day that Illumination Foundation took them off the streets, life for the couple has just gotten better and better.

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