Community Resources

The city of Irvine and the greater Orange County area have many resources available to make our lives easier. Here are a few helpful contacts to get you started. If you don’t find what you need here, you can call the Verano Housing office at 949-824-5964 or call 211 for referrals.


Human Options

Emergency shelter and long term assistance for battered women and children who are in a dangerous situation due to an abusive relationship. Services include:

  • Emergency Shelter and Transitional Living programs, including: safe housing, counseling, legal advocacy, case management and job readiness training for abused women and their children.
  • Long-term support to help rebuild lives through our Children and Families Counseling Center.
  • Community education for youth grades 6-12 to inspire a new generation to live free of violence.
  • Violence prevention training programs for business, medical and criminal justice professionals to motivate building a safer community.

For more information visit:

For Immediate 24 Hour Assistance call: 877-854-3594

Center for Children and Families

Early intervention for men, women, and children who are currently in a relationship where they are being abused but for many reasons do not leave the abuser. Any individual living in Orange County or surrounding area affected by domestic violence may access counseling, legal advocacy services, or participate in education or support groups offered through the Center at any of its locations. If you or someone you know needs help, contact: 949-757-3635.

Crisis Prevention Hotline

24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to any Orange County resident who is or knows of someone experiencing a crisis or suicidal thoughts and would like to receive immediate, confidential, and culturally and linguistically appropriate over-the-phone assistance. Call 877-727-4747


Things to Do

There are countless things to do in Irvine and its surrounding cities. From the Great Park to the Irvine Spectrum you’re sure to find something fun to do. Here are a few helpful websites with information on local attractions, shopping and more.


Life Threatening Emergencies

  • Fire / Ambulance                             911
  • Paramedics                                     911
  • Poison Control                                800-777-6476
  • Child Abuse Hotline:                       714-938-0505

Mental Health Centers

Pepperdine University Community Counseling Clinic
18111 Von Karman Ave., Suite 401
Irvine, CA 92612
Hours: Open M-F: 9am – 9pm (last appointment at 8pm)
Fee: sliding scale
Initial appointment fee is same as regular fee; first appointment is 2 hours

Catholic Charities, Counseling Center
1800 E. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 347-9674
Contact person: Heather Love
Fee: sliding scale

Newport Community Counseling Center
2200 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 721 – 8079
Contact: Linda Belt (Executive Director)
Fee: sliding scale

Food and Nutrition Assistance

CalFresh is a program funded by the USDA to help improve  health and nutrition of families with low incomes. CalFresh can stretch food dollars, allowing  families and individuals to buy more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and other  healthy foods.

FaCT Family Resource Centers

Family-friendly community-based sites that offer a comprehensive array of social and health services to families. Family Resource Centers are considered a “One Stop Shop,” which provides services and support systems that build on family strengths. The services provided are offered in partnership with private and public agencies working together to enhance each family’s capacity to become self-sufficient. Visit or call (949) 364-0500.

Typical Family Resource Center Programs:

  • Counseling / Mental Health Services
  • Advocacy Services
  • Domestic Violence Programs
  • Parent Involvement and Education
  • Case Management Services
  • Information and Referral Services
  • Health Access Programs
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Food and Clothing Assistance
  • Home Visitation Programs
  • After School Programs
  • ESL Classes

FOR Families

Information and short-term support to individuals, couples and families living or working in Irvine who need assistance identifying and accessing needed services and  resources. Their focus is on supporting the well-being of community members. Visit or call (949) 724-6650.


Department of Motor Vehicles

DMV registers vehicles in California and licenses their drivers. There are 3 local DMV offices to serve you. It is STRONGLY recommended that you make an appointment prior to going to the DMV. Visit or call 800-777-0133 for more information.

  • Costa Mesa Office: 650 W. 19th St. Costa Mesa, CA  92627
  • Laguna Hills Office: 23535 Moulton Parkway. Laguna Hills, CA  92653
  • Santa Ana Office: 1330 E. 1st St. Santa Ana, CA 92701

Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA)

Your go-to place for public transportation. Under the University Pass Program, UCI faculty, staff and students are able to purchase a University Pass card for a membership fee. This pass is good for unlimited regular service on OCTA buses throughout the county. For more information visit

Irvine Transportation Center

Provides a variety of transportation options including access to various OCTA routes, Greyhound buses and Amtrak and Metrolink trains. It is located at: 15215 Barranca in the Irvine Spectrum.  For more information, please contact:

Greyhound – – 800-231-2222
Amtrak – – 800-USA-RAIL
Metrolink – – 714-808-5465

Regional Transportation Information

You can quickly find free information on traffic, trains, buses, carpools, vanpools, bicycling and even local weather. With Southern California 511, you can plan your bus or train trip, find a carpool partner or find out the traffic speed on your local freeway. Go to: or call 5-1-1 from any landline or cell phone in Orange, Los Angeles or Ventura counties.


Bike paths criss-cross about 1,000 miles of Orange County and can take you from Santa Ana to San Juan Capistrano, from Brea to the beach…just about anywhere you want to go. For a map to help you navigate and plan for your trip:

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