There are public and non-profit agencies that specialize in providing assistance, counseling, or legal respresentation for lower-income Huntington Beach residents. Some of these are listed below:
Fair Housing Foundation - The City of Huntington Beach is committed to enforcing fair housing laws, but in particular to protect the rights of persons who believe that they have been the victims of discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, familial status (generally, the presence of children in the household), or national origin. The Fair Housing Foundation works on behalf of the City for this purpose. In addition to enforcing fair housing laws, the Fair Housing Foundation strives to improve housing conditions in Huntington Beach through landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities counseling, HUD certified housing counseling, and a mediation services for housing-related disputes.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development administers a number of programs that supports its mission of ensuring a decent, safe, and sanitary home and suitable living environment for every American. Among the programs currently provided by HUD are homeownership assistance, rental assistance, housing rehabilitation, fair housing, homeless assistance, and neighborhood revitalization. Local HUD field offices include the Santa Ana Field Office and the Los Angeles Field Office. HUD's Website
HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity - HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity is responsible for enforcing the federal Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws ensuring the right of equal housing opportunity and free and fair housing choice without discrimination based on federally-protected classes, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or family composition.
Los Angeles Office of Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity
Federal Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
|Santa Ana Office
1600 N. Broadway, Ste 100
Santa Ana, CA 92706
|Los Angeles Office
611 W. Sixth Street, Ste 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017
California Department of Housing & Community Development - The California Department of Housing and Community Development develops policies and administers programs to expand safe and affordable housing opportunities for all Californians. The department administers housing finance, economic development, and rehabilitation programs emphasizing meeting the needs of low-income and other disadvantaged groups; it analyzes and implements building codes; and enforces construction standards for manufactured homes.
CA Dept. of Consumer Affairs - The Department of Consumer Affairs has information at its website about tenant rights. It also distributes the following free publications:
- California Tenants - Your Rights and Responsibilities (English, Spanish, Vietnamese)
- Damaged or Destroyed Residential Rental Units: A Fact Sheet for Landlords and Tenants
- Habitability and Repairs: Outline of the Landlord's and Tenant's Responsibilities under the California Civil Code
- How Often Can a Landlord Raise Rent?
- How to Get Back Possessions You Have Left in a Rental Unit
- Options for a Landlord: When a Tenant's Personal Property Has Been Left in the Rental Unit
- Rental Housing and Repairs: Who's Responsible for What & How To Get Repairs Made
- Security Deposits: Tenants' Rights and Responsibilities
To obtain one of these publications, write to:
Department of Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 310
Sacramento, CA 95802
or call (800) 952-5210
Office of the Mobilehome Ombudsman - The Office of the Mobilehome Ombudsman is a complaint processing office that primarily assists the public with questions or problems associated with the various aspects of manufactured home (mobilehome) living. This includes complaints with manufactured home dealers, sales, and warranties. This Office also processes complaints associated with other programs under the purview of California Department of Housing and Community Development's Division of Codes and Standards (Registration & Titling, Employee Housing, Manufactured Housing, and State Housing Law).
Office of the Mobile Home Ombudsman
P.O. Box 31
Sacramento, CA 95812-0031
Mobile Home Ombudsman
Legal Aid Society of Orange County - The Legal Aid Society provides free legal advice, counseling, and representation on civil matters to low-income Orange County persons and seniors.
Legal Aid Website
Orange County District Attorney's Office - The Orange County District Attorney works to enhance public safety and welfare and create a sense of security in the community through enforcement of criminal and civil laws.
Mental Health Association of Orange County - The Mental Health Association offers programs and services for improving the quality of life of Orange County residents impacted by mental illness.
822 Town & Country Road
Orange, CA 92868
Mental Health's Website