Emergency Shelter Programs


OC  Armory Emergency Shelter Program

The Orange County Cold Weather Armory Emergency Shelter program provides up to 400 beds per night for the homeless at the National Guard Armories in Fullerton and Santa Ana.  The homeless will receive a nutritious meal, a warm shower, and a safe place to sleep.  Volunteers will pass out donations of warm clothing and Service Providers from Orange County will be on site to provide needed services.

Dates of Operation: The OC Armory Emergency Shelter Program will begin operation on December 3, 2012.

Armory Locations:

Santa Ana Armory – 612 East Warner (Warner / Main)

Fullerton Armory – 400 South Brookhurst (Brookhurst / Valencia)


Bus Pick Up Locations:

(There will be pick-up at these sites on dark nights)



Pick Up #1 5:00PM    

N. La Palma Park Way & Harbor, Anaheim

On North La Palma Park Way between Harbor and Homer (Northwest Side of Park)


Santa Ana 

Pick-Up #1 5:00PM

Flower & Civic Center – near 6th Street, Santa Ana

Pick Up #2 5:30PM

1901 W. Walnut, Santa Ana


Dark Nights and Alternative Sites:

The National Guard Armories are not available for use a few nights per month. On these “dark nights,” clients will be sheltered at alternate sites.


For more information, please contact:

Armory Emergency Shelter Info. (714)836-7188 ext. 131

James Brooks at (714)836-7188 ext. 107 or jamesb@mercyhouse.net

Austin Drissen at (714)836-7188 ext. 105 or austind@mercyhouse.net


If you would like to donate items to the individuals and families who come to the armories, please click here for our Armory Wish List.


Family Redirection Program


Families with children who seek shelter at the Armory Shelters are immediately redirected into a temporary congregation/alternate family shelter site. During the first 14 days, each family receives a thorough assessment and will continue to receive ongoing case management during their stay to set housing and financial goals and help clients enter into transitional and/or permanent housing.