Mission Statement:

AFH provides a continuum of housing and an array of services to support homeless and low income families and adults to secure a stable home, to be an active part of their community, and to achieve a self-sustaining way of life.

AFH History:

For every homeless person you see on the street, there are thousands more you don’t see; men, women, teens, and children who struggle every day just to survive. At American Family Housing, we give our neighbors what they so desperately need; the opportunity to live in stable housing so they can have a better life.

Established in 1985, AFH has been in service to communities in the Southern California for 32 years. What began as one home in Santa Ana and a food distribution project in Westminster has consistently expanded over time. Founder Jim Miller, an accountant, started his commitment to bettering the lives of others as a concerned citizen using his own money to pay the rent for an elderly homeless woman from his church and to feed the homeless in a local park. From modest beginnings that included renting one single-family home in Santa Ana for homeless mentally ill adults and operating a small food distribution project in Westminster, AFH’s work serving homeless and low-income families with their basic needs of shelter, food, and clothing has never strayed far from the roots established by its caring founder.

American Family Housing (formerly known as Shelter for the Homeless) is a nonprofit organization that provides a continuum of housing and services to ensure long term housing stability. AFH operates in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino continually expanding housing and services each year to meet the needs of communities and those we serve.

See our Board of Directors


Senior Staff

To Get Help

If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, or are in immediate danger, please dial 911.

If you are fleeing or considering fleeing a domestic violence situation please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1(800)799-7233 or TTY 1(800)787-3224.

If you have no place to sleep tonight, please call 211 for referral to an emergency shelter nearest your current location.

If you are looking for housing, please contact 211 for referral to an agency that can refer you to housing opportunities based on your income and needs.  While AFH provides both Transitional Housing and Housing units for rent, enrollment in these programs is routed through the coordinated entry system by dialing 211. This applies to our properties both in Orange County and Los Angeles County.

For other assistance please contact American Family Housing at (714)897-3221 or email us at info@afhusa.org.