H.I.S. House, originally a large farmhouse, was purchased in 1989 by Placentia Presbyterian Church. The church was uncertain about how to use the building until one member encountered a homeless family, with a pregnant mother, living in a park and brought them to stay at the house. Thus, the transitional living shelter began. In the 25 years since, it has gone through numerous renovations both in structure and in programs.
Today, H.I.S. House has been home to over 2000 families, singles, and children and is supported by the generous contributions of time, talent, and money from many individuals, congregations, organizations, businesses, and government entities from the local community and beyond. The shelter houses 40 people with the goal of assisting each to move into permanent housing. Recently, a second house was purchased and a Second Step program was initiated to provide space for some to continue progress toward self-sufficiency after their time in the main house.
Homeless Intervention and Shelter House assists homeless individuals, couples and families to regain self-sufficiency through housing, counseling and personal support.