Building on 35 years of experience in helping children, families, and chronically homeless adults, we know what works to end homelessness in people’s lives.
Through our OUTREACH & ASSESSMENT process, LAFH connects participants with HOUSING PLACEMENT combined with SUPPORTIVE SERVICES to help thousands of people transition out of homelessness and retain long-term housing stability. We increase our impact through COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS and REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT, supported by FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY.
LAFH PROVIDES OUTREACH AND ASSESSMENT SERVICES AS PART OF A REGIONAL APPROACH TO ENDING HOMELESSNESS IN PEOPLE’S LIVES.
For many homeless families and single adults experiencing homelessness, life can sometimes seem like an endless maze of intake forms, applications and waiting lists. And often our most vulnerable neighbors have difficulty accessing many of the services that they desperately needed. That has changed.
Through the county wide *Coordinated Entry System (CES) and the *Family Solutions Center (FSC), 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.
““The implementation of the Coordinated Entry System (CES) will have a dramatic and rapid impact on chronic and veteran homelessness in the Los Angeles Region.
— Steve Hilton, CEO & President , Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
AT LAFH, WE COMMIT TO OUR PARTICIPANTS’ SUCCESS IN LONG-TERM HOUSING STABILITY BY CONNECTING SUPPORTIVE SERVICES TO THEIR HOUSING.
With wraparound services before, during, and after the housing placement process, we ensure that participants can find the support they need to secure and retain housing. Our dedicated case managers engage with clients during the critical first months of housing through home visits and regular phone calls. Program participants continue to access LAFH’s comprehensive services, including employment support, financial literacy workshops, educational opportunities, substance addiction and health treatment, and youth programs, such as homework tutoring and family counseling. Services are provided directly through our case management staff, or with one of our partner agencies, including on-site health visits provided by Northeast Valley Health Corporation.
OUR CLIENT-CENTERED, INTEGRATED SERVICES INCLUDE:
• Medical and Mental Health
• Toiletries and Diapers
• Financial Literacy
• Homework Assistance
• Employment Counseling
• Nutritious Meals
• Parenting Classes
• Educational Field Trips
• Recovery Support
ON-SITE SERVICE PARTNERS AT LAFH:
Northeast Valley Health Corporation, Health Advocates, Department of Public Health, Department of Health Services, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc.
Los Angeles Unified School District, School on Wheels
RECOVERY & COUNSELING:
BOOST NOW, Department of Mental Health
The Whole Child, Child Care Resource Center, Department of Public Social Services
Department of Veterans Affairs, Bridge to Home, PATH
IN ADDITION TO LAFH'S OWN APARTMENT PORTFOLIO, WE MANAGE A VAST NETWORK OF LANDLORD CONNECTIONS TO HELP PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS FIND HOMES.
In 2017, our housing team secured more than 690 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.
BRIDGE HOUSING: A temporary housing solution (previously referred to as “shelter” or transitional housing) for individuals and families as they work with case managers to move into permanent housing.
PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING: An apartment linked to on-site supportive services; a proven, cost-effective housing solution for chronically homeless individuals with disabilities.
“Providing housing to vulnerable homeless individuals reduces public costs while also improving the quality of life for homeless persons. It is in the interests of taxpayers to provide housing for homeless residents..”
— Daniel Flaming, President of the Economic Roundtable.
LAFH'S REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT FOCUS SETS US APART FROM OTHER HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS IN LOS ANGELES.
We own and operate 25 residential buildings, with more in development, including The Campus and a pipeline of 310 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.
DEVELOPMENTS IN PROGRESS
Residences on Main
AT LAFH, WE BELIEVE THAT ENDING HOMELESSNESS IN PEOPLE’S LIVES REQUIRES THE COLLABORATION OF MANY COMMUNITY PARTNERS.
As the lead agency for the coordinated entry systems for both families and single adults in our region, LAFH manages a deep network of partners—including other housing and social services agencies, government entities, landlords and real estate partners, and community and faith-based organizations. Together, we connect homeless families and single adults to a full range of services and housing options, coordinating what can otherwise be an overwhelming process of seeking help. LAFH also relies on the generosity of volunteers—whether students or corporate groups, hands-on service, or behind-the-scenes administrative support. It takes the community coming together to help end homelessness for good.