Since 1983, LAFH has become one of the largest comprehensive real estate developers and homeless service providers in Los Angeles and a regional leader providing solutions to end homelessness.
With 35 years of experience in helping children, families, and chronically homeless adults, we know what works to end homelessness in people’s lives. At LAFH, we focus on helping the most vulnerable people in our community, including veterans, chronically homeless adults, youth transitioning out of foster care, survivors of domestic violence or trauma, and children.
Our model is based on an individualized approach to meet each program participant’s unique needs. This model connects participants to permanent housing and helps them achieve long-term housing stability through a full continuum of services.
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AREAS OF EXPERTISE
We know that permanent supportive housing works in reducing homelessness. But it is also the most cost-effective way to do it. By reducing the use of crisis services frequently used by people experiencing homelessness—services like emergency rooms, hospitals, jails, prisons, psychiatric centers, detox programs—there is significant public cost savings. In fact, recent studies show that permanent supportive housing not only pays for itself but actually results in net public savings.
COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS
Average annual cost of permanent supportive housing for one person versus public costs of one person living on the streets for a year: $20,000
*Includes costs for: hospitals & clinics, paramedics, police/courts, jail & welfare services.
Source: ECONOMIC ROUNDTABLE, Where We Sleep
In 2015, our housing team secured more than 650 apartments for our program participants. Our housing placement team connects participants to the appropriate housing resource for their needs: A homeless veteran surviving on the streets for decades may need an apartment aligned with on-site supportive services, whereas a family experiencing homelessness for the first time due to a job loss can move into a market-rate apartment with rental support until new employment is secured. Another model of housing, bridge housing, provides a temporary place to live while the client works to secure permanent housing.
REal ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
We own and operate 23 residential buildings, with more in development, including The Campus and a pipeline of 200 more apartment units.
In addition to adding to the region’s affordable housing stock, LAFH’s real estate development activity invests in the stability of local neighborhoods. In 2014-2015, we reinvested in three of our existing properties: Klump Apartments, the South Campus’ Bridge Housing, and the Family Solutions Center.
Faced with a vacancy rate of less than 3% for rental housing in Los Angeles, we are committed to expanding our pipeline of affordable housing, as well as advocating at the local and state level to raise more funds to develop more housing.
For many homeless families and single adults experiencing homelessness, life can sometimes can seem like an endless maze of intake forms, applications and waiting lists. Often our most vulnerable neighbors have difficulty accessing many of the services that they desperately needed. That has changed.
Through CES For Families our outreach team and case managers are now better able to engage and connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to the optimal resource for their needs.
When a family is referred to LAFH, they meet with a case manager in the Family Solutions Center (FSC) who assesses their needs and connects them to the best type of housing and services for that family and their circumstances.
About the Family Solutions Center at LA Family Housing
The Family Solutions Center at LA Family Housing is the single point of entry to the service and housing system for all families at risk of or experiencing homelessness in SPA2.
SPA 2 covers 1,100 square miles and includes nearly 2 million residents. People are referred to the Family Solutions Center by 211—the county social services help line, street outreach workers, and partner agencies. LAFH Staff conducts an initial assessment to determine the most appropriate housing intervention for the family and then works to connect those families to services and housing options within their own communities.
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS FOR FAMILIES
SCREENING: Families meet with a Family Response Team (FRT) member to determine their eligibility and set up an assessment appointment.
ASSESSMENT: After a full assessment, an FRT member determines the family’s immediate needs and the most appropriate housing intervention.
HOUSING COORDINATION: The Housing Coordination team develops a housing plan and budget with the family while working to match participants with available housing. The family is connected to resources while housing is being identified.
PLACEMENT: Once a family secures housing, a Housing Stabilizer helps them find local resources and support systems that will create personal stability in their new home.
SINGLE ADULT HOMELESSNESS
Through the county wide *Coordinated Entry System (CES) our outreach team and case managers are now better able to engage and connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to the optimal resource for their needs.
COORDINATED ENTRY SYSTEM (CES):
A county-wide system to ensure that homelessness resources are distributed equally and fairly to those who need them the most. CES connects multiple service agencies together in a collaborative effort to provide a thorough needs assessment that will determine the participant’s most appropriate housing solution. LA Family Housing is the lead CES agency in the San Fernando Valley.
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS FOR INDIVIDUALS
Street outreach teams identify and engage homeless neighbors and individuals at risk of becoming homeless.
A dedicated case manager is assigned to each participant to help them navigate the process along the way.
Each individual is referred to available housing based on assessment and greatest personal needs.