We are midway through a 10-year strategic plan to open The Campus at LAFH, beginning with the renovation of our Sydney M. Irmas Transitional Living Center (TLC).
As part of a national shift to more effectively help families end homelessness in their lives, we are transitioning the family shelter at TLC from a place-based program to a scattered site, or “transition-in-place," model. This model allows us to help families move into permanent housing more quickly and forgo a temporary stay in the shelter. We will continue to serve the same number of families, helping nearly 800 families each year achieve permanent housing stability.
Going forward, our mobile case management staff will now be supporting families directly in their own homes. This approach helps families stabilize more quickly and succeed in rebuilding their lives without moving into, and out of, a temporary shelter.
The TLC building is being converted to temporary housing for homeless single adults. In early 2016, individuals in our temporary housing program at the Trudy and Norman Louis Valley Shelter (North Campus) will relocate to the renovated TLC building (South Campus). Then, over the next two years, we will begin construction of a new center for homeless services and permanent supportive housing on the North Campus.
The opening of The Louis Apartments is the exciting culmination of three years of outreach and engagement with the Sunland-Tujunga community in the city of Los Angeles.
On November 3rd, over 70 dignitaries, collaborators, residents, and guests from the community celebrated the grand opening of The Louis Apartments, a brand new affordable community serving the chronically homeless, located in the Sunland-Tujunga area. These units prioritize most vulnerable population of homeless individuals— including those with disabilities and mental illnesses.
“Today marks a celebration not only for our residents of this stunning property, but for all of us as a community dedicated to ending homelessness in people’s lives, “CEO and president Stephanie Klasky-Gamer remarked.
To plan and construct the Louis, LA Family Housing collaborated with a number of developers, funders, government agencies and public officials, including LA City Councilmembers Felipe Fuentes and Paul Krekorian, as well as LA County Supervisor Mark Antonovich, an early and financial supporter of The Louis. As special guests and speakers, each council representative expressed their personal commitment to care for homeless individuals within their districts, and the significance of permanent supportive housing as a long-term solution to homelessness.
For the chronically homelessness, the combination of supportive services and permanent housing can be vital. These individuals face multiple challenges, including mental illness, medial health issues, substance abuse, and extreme poverty. The Louis provides a safe and stable home as a foundation to rebuild their lives.
Patrick Piercy is one of those people. After being homeless for several years, he found himself battling pneumonia in the middle of June. Two Coordinated Entry System outreach volunteers quickly discovered that not only was Patrick eligible to move into The Louis, he needed to move in as early as possible. He was able to share express his gratitude at the grand opening.
“Thank you for saving me,” he declared over the microphone.
New housing serves San Fernando Valley’s most vulnerable homeless
The man who calls himself The Wizard says he feels as if a magical force pulled him up from years of living down and out on the streets of the San Fernando Valley.
How else, he said one recent day, can he explain how he went from sleeping on a sidewalk in Pacoima to stretching out on a brand new bed in his own studio apartment.
< The Wizard because no one can defeat me,” the 55-year-old man proclaimed, stabbing the air with a stick to simulate a sword fight. “But I don’t want to fight no more. I’m not young no more.”
The Wizard said he earned his name, like his long gray beard, through the street smarts and wisdom he gathered while living on the edges of the Angeles National Forest or on the sidewalks of Pacoima. But he also uses that name because he has no traceable identification: no social security card, no driver’s license. Volunteers and those with L.A. Family Housing saw The Wizard, homeless for years and aging, as the kind of person who would benefit from living at a newly built permanent supportive housing complex in Tujunga.
Called the Trudy & Norman Louis Apartments, the 45-unit building is one of two opened by L.A. Family Housing in the San Fernando Valley that provides housing to the chronically homeless and the most vulnerable among them. They are the men and women who are most likely to die on the streets. The tenants, mostly single, receive on-site supportive services to help with mental issues, alcohol and drug addiction or chronic illnesses. In return, they pay 30 percent of their monthly government checks and adhere to rules typical of any other housing complex.
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Diego Boneta horses around with Izaiah Miranda on the red carpet at the 2012 LA Family Housing Awards held at The Lot on Thursday night (April 19) in West Hollywood, Calif.
The 20-year-old Rock of Ages star was joined by The Hunger Games hunk Josh Hutcherson.
The LA Family Housing’s mission is to help families transition out of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services.
This weekend, Josh will be honored at the 2012 GLAAD Awards with the Vanguard Award. He’s the youngest ever recipient!
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Palo Verde Apartments, an affordable housing development in the Sun Valley district of Los Angeles, has been completed and opened for residents. The property, developed by the homeless service agency L.A. Family Housing of North Hollywood, offers housing for very low income or previously homeless single adults living with mental illness.
The 60-unit complex is permanent supportive housing, an approach that strives to provide an atmosphere of stability for its residents, with the goal of fostering socialization among them, as well as support and treatment. L.A. Family Housing currently operates 18 other apartment buildings and three shelters, but Palo Verde is the first one for single adults with mental health needs, notes the developer.
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Her prayers were once filled with pleas:
For safety, so that thieves, rapists and murderers wouldn't discover her sleeping alone with her cat inside her car;
For strength, so she could survive the heartache of losing her job, her Valley Village apartment, and those she thought were her friends;
For someone, anyone, to open a door of opportunity for work.
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It took three years from concept through construction until homeless services agency L.A. Family Housing (LAFH) could begin recruiting tenants for its Palo Verde apartments in Sun Valley. This is the agency’s first permanent supportive housing project for low-income, formerly or chronically homeless adults and those living with mental illness.
A couple of hundred supporters attended the grand opening, held in the Gonzales Goodale-designed building’s xeriscaped yet lush courtyard featuring its namesake trees. Light refreshments were served in an atmosphere of celebration.
LAFH President and CEO Stephanie Klasky-Gamer welcomed donors, board members, government officials and development partners and congratulated them on their accomplishment.
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Councilmember Tony Cárdenas welcomed the crowd to the Grand Opening ceremony: “We are here to celebrate what L.A. Family Housing has done and what it continues to do for people who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets.”
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She rocked the house. With an amazing band featuring Blondie’s Paul Carbonara on guitar, singer-songwriter Mary McBride delivered an impassioned and inspirational show Tuesday night for the lucky residents and staff of L.A. Family Housing’s Valley Shelter.
And not only did this internationally-acclaimed artist provide a rousing two hours of great music to this lucky crowd right in the midst of their current homes, she gave even more: several of the residents were invited to sing with the band.
“We started doing that in shows a few years ago,” Mary said in an interview prior to the show. “There are a lot of really talented people out there with a lot of musical history, so we open the flow for them to tell their musical stories. Now we do it in every show.”
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Behind the security gates of Coto de Caza, a once well-to-do real estate executive straps on a bulletproof vest and heads out to serve court papers on those who don't want to be found.
At transitional housing in North Hollywood, a homeless former music producer wrestles with humbling adjustments to his self-image as the family breadwinner.
In Pasadena, a longtime school employee juggles two jobs and sleeps just four hours a night, trying to recoup lost pay.
They are some of the faces behind California's grim statistics: unrelenting unemployment, sharp declines in household income and rising poverty.
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Join LA Family Housing's 2015 Bowl-a-thon on October 9th!
We are asking friends of LA Family Housing to come on out for a fun night of bowling.
Our goal this year, is to raise $15,000!
We encourage all participants to create a bowling a team and to fundraiser on our behalf. Top fundraisers will be entered into a raffle for exclusive prizes.
Receive $10 off if you register before September 9th, 2015. Code = EarlybirdBowl
Need an excuse to take off work on a weekday? Come play golf for a great cause!
Join us at Angeles National Golf Club on Thursday, October 22nd for food, drink and fun. Angeles National is a fun and beautiful golf course. Plus we will have on-the-course contests, prizes and some really great raffle items.
Our goal is to raise $75,000 to help move 15 families out of homelessness and into permanent housing. So we're looking for a big turnout of at least 100 golfers this year, and we need your help to get there. Sign up today and tell a friend!
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By Arlene Washington, The Hollywood Reporter
At the L.A. Family Housing Awards (LAFH), Hollywood learned that there’s more to homelessness than what you see on the side of the street. Industry agents, actors and executives gathered at The Lot on Thursday evening for a reception to honor WME | IMG president of business affairs Karen Brodkin while raising money to put roofs over the heads of those in need.
Guests including About a Boy’s David Walton and Corbin Bleu sampled spicy tuna cones, grilled lamb chops and burrata with caviar from some of LA’s hottest restaurants including Angelini Osteria, Kali Dining and Alma Restaurant. A silent and live auction took place to raise funds towards LAFH services in providing temporary/permanent housing and the necessary services for families.
One of the most shocking facts that attendees learned during the evening was that being homeless doesn’t always mean living on the side of the freeway. Niecy Nash, who will star in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Scream Queens, admitted her former assistant was homeless.
“She was referred to me through someone and I didn’t know she was homeless at the time,” Nash told reporters. “She was living out of her car at the time and I didn’t know it.”
Nash said that it was her maternal instinct that made her sense that something was going on with her assistant.
“I was like in order to help me become stable we need to get you stable so let’s focus on that and then we can get to what I need,” added Nash. “We were able to get her on her feet and out of the car and into a nice place to live.“
Host Jeremy Sisto (The Returned) was on the hunt for an organization to commit to when he discovered L.A. Family Housing.
“I help kids with their homework, I cook, I’m doing training for outreach,” Sisto told reporters. “It’s been a fascinating experience and I’ve really been very inspired by the people.”
Residents of the LAFH initiative were also present to share how the organization has helped them start a new life. Couple Maya and Justin were working as a caterer and in Pepsi merchandising, respectively, when a tragic car accident left them with $250,000 in medical bills. The couple and their two young boys found themselves out of their home living day to day in hotels and cars until they received their own space with a locked door from L.A. Family Housing.
The family took to the stage to present Brodkin with her honor for her dedication to the organization through WME | IMG. Brodkin recounted how visiting the LAFH establishment has opened her eyes to realize that family homelessness is a more serious issue than it’s perceived, since it puts a significant amount of youth at a disadvantage.
“The homeless population that we see on the news or exiting a freeway is not telling the complete story of homelessness,” said Brodkin. “There are multiple stories like the ones we’re hearing tonight. Stories we don’t hear enough because family homelessness is often hidden.”
The event raised more than $900,000 for support services to help the homeless get back on their feet.
Our LAFH family gathered on Thursday, April 25, at the Book Bindery in Culver City to honor Tai Collins and Evan DeHaven, celebrate the success we’ve had in moving families home this year, and raise a record-breaking $900,000 to help end homelessness in Los Angeles. Industry insiders, business and community leaders, celebrities, and service partners were among the 550 guests in attendance who feasted on dinner by the bites from renowned LA restaurants Akasha, Angelini Osteria, The Fat Cow and RivaBella, among nine others.
The night was hosted by comedian Ben Gleib, who’s strategy was simple: “I basically plan on shaming people into giving up their money.” His work was made easy during the live auction when a puppy from SavingSpot!, along with customized dog house by architect Scott Mitchell, was sold for a whopping $8,000.
Blair Rich, Event Co-Chair and Executive VP of Marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures, closed the evening with a reminder of why we gathered: “There is no reason that children should be homeless in Los Angeles. So many of you support us year after year. You are committed. And with that commitment, we are changing people’s lives and giving kids the chance they really deserve. Thank you for making tonight such a huge success!”
Pictured from L to R: President & CEO Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, Event Co-Chair Blair Rich, Honoree Tai Collins, Event Co-Chairs Deborah and Matthew Irmas, Audrey Irmas.
Big Sunday is an organization that builds community through community service and has organized Angelenos to give back to nonprofits across the city for more than a decade. Each year on the first Sunday in May, 50 volunteers select LA Family Housing as their designated site and provide our 660 shelter residents at three different properties with a generous giving spirit and fun-filled activities, including barbeques, carnivals, live music, bingo, and ice cream socials. This year, kids especially enjoyed clowning around with a face-painted jester and prepping our community garden for a summer of growth. A BIG thanks to our Big Sunday volunteers!
The 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count was conducted over three nights in January to tally the number of homeless families and individuals living across all 4,000 square miles of Los Angeles County. More than 5,000 volunteers participated, including 500 from our LAFH community, in this biennial effort to assess the magnitude of homelessness in our neighborhoods. These volunteers canvassed each of the county’s census tracts with a flashlight and clipboard to ensure every person living on the streets, in cars, tents, and other vehicles was counted.
The last count in 2011 showed 51,340 people without a home in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which led the countywide effort, will release the 2013 report this summer.
Hundreds of LAFH volunteers organized in December to bring some holiday cheer to our shelter residents and apartment tenants, throwing holiday parties across the agency’s 22 properties, joining Santa to distribute gifts to families, and bringing smiles to our kids’ faces during this season of giving.
A special thanks to Alhambra Nissan, Angel City Choir, Ant Farm, Burbank Noon Lions Club, David & Goliath, the Doyle Family, Greystone Management Group, Hasbro Inc., IPC-The Hospitalist Co., Kasier Permanente, LA Hydro Jet, Project Gratitude, the Taub Family, US Bank and the Brander Family, Warner Bros., and Batman.
LAFH kicked off 2013 with the groundbreaking of our second permanent supportive housing property, Day Street Apartments. Day Street will provide 46 new units in Sunland-Tujunga for formerly homeless and low-income individuals, with on-site services targeted to veterans and those living with a mental illness.
More than one hundred community members, advocates, public officials and LAFH supporters gathered on a brisk January morning to celebrate the permanent solutions that Day Street will provide for our community’s most vulnerable. Councilmember Richard Alarcon, whose own son suffers from a mental illness and experienced homelessness, vowed to continue fighting to end homelessness in Los Angeles with more projects like Day Street.
Day Street Apartments will open in early 2014.
On April 19, LAFH held its 13th Annual Awards at The Lot in West Hollywood, where we honored Hasbro, Inc. and Betty and Ross Winn for the pivotal roles they play in L.A. Family Housing’s success.
With Ben Gleib performing MC duties and DJ88 spinning the tunes, the evening was a spectacular success, helping us raise much needed funds to continue moving more than 500 families home this year.
A highlight of the evening was when ten-year-old Izaiah Miranda shared his family story with the audience about how LAFH helped lead him and his mother Annette on a path to self-sufficiency and housing stability following many years of homelessness.
Congratulations to all of our honorees, and thanks to everyone who made the night a memorable one.
Palo Verde Opens! L.A. Family Housing celebrated the Grand Opening of our first permanent supportive housing development on January 20, 2012. Palo Verde provides 60 studio apartments for formerly homeless and very low income adults, many of whom live with mental illness. In a beautifully designed, LEED certified sustainable building, residents benefit from on-site services including mental health counseling, case management, recovery support, and employment assistance.
On December 20, 2012, Laemmle NoHo 7 held a grand opening benefit screening of The Iron Lady, with proceeds going to L.A. Family Housing. The Laemmle Charitable Foundation, led by Greg Laemmle, presented a check for $10,000. We thank our new neighbors!
Partners Trust sponsored our third annual Harvest Festival on October 30th, 2011, where more than 250 homeless children enjoyed fall-themed and Halloween activities, including pony rides, pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, face painting, and family portraits.
Thank you to our Partners Trust volunteers!
On September 12, 2011, close to a hundred players joined L.A. Family Housing for 18 holes of golf at beautiful MountainGate Country Club, raising more than $50,000 to help families move out of homelessness. A great success for our first effort on the links!
We especially would like to thank our tournament sponsors - The John W. Carson Foundation, Hoffman Brown Company, Miller Kaplan Arase & Co., NBCUniversal, the Samuel and Helene Soref Foundation, Alhambra Nissan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and the Winn family.