Homeless

Homelessness

It is estimated that on any given night as many as 58,000 people experience homelessness in Los Angeles County. Throughout 2013 over 190,000 people will be without somewhere to sleep at some point during the year. More than 20% are veterans, and the number of homeless women and families is rising. The good news is that miracles do happen on Skid Row.

 

With 300 solar panels on the roof, VOALA Transition House is a place of SHELTER, DIGNITY AND HOPE on Skid Row. Also known as the T-House, our 20,000 sq. ft. service center provides residential and non-residential programs that serve as many as 4,000 people annually. Services include emergency and transitional shelter, job placement services, corrections programs, and addiction counselling for men and women, many of which are geared specifically towards veterans. Meetings are held three times per day on weekdays and twice per day on weekends for AA, NA, CA, and HIV Awareness, among others.

 

The Barracks is an innovative 40-bed, safe haven program designed for chronically homeless male veterans. This transitional housing program provides job training and placement services, access to a computer center, and permanent housing referrals. On-site case management and group sessions include evidence-based approaches such as Motivational Interviewing and Seeking Safety. Medical, mental health, and substance abuse services are provided by the nearby Veterans Administration outpatient clinic. Admissions Criteria: must be a male veteran with an honorable discharge who is eligible for VA medical benefits and must have a history of chronic homelessness, defined as one year of continuous homelessness or three episodes of homelessness in a four-year period.

 

Pathways to Home residents begin a journey toward a permanent, sustainable housing situation from the moment they walk through the door. Each resident has an action plan and the support services they need to find work, get access to benefits they may be eligible for, get access to healthcare and ultimately get access to long term housing.

 

H.V.R.P. (Helping Veterans Receive Paychecks) is a program that provides job training, job placement, vocational training contacts, job search assistance, resume preparation, referrals to employers, job search services, and job retention strategies. Additionally, the program provides permanent housing referrals, transitional housing, referrals to free healthcare, and other supportive services. Locations in Downtown LA, South Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Valley. Learn more.

 

Rotary House Veterans Services is a facility with 25 male and 10 female beds which provides transitional housing, three meals a day, transportation, referrals to outpatient addiction programs, and job training, with the end goal being permanent housing. Admissions Criteria: must be a veteran with an honorable discharge and must be homeless.

 

S.T.R.I.V.E. (Steps Toward Realizing Individual Vocational Excellency) is a facility with 50 male and 10 female beds, in which we provide job training and transitional housing to homeless men and women who are seeking to transition back to a productive life. Courses include culinary arts, computer training, basic life skills, and GED attainment. Admissions Criteria: must be a legal resident or US citizen living on the streets, in shelters, or in transitional housing.


RExO - Gen3 Jobs Program is designed to help ex-offenders, recently released and pre-release, find their rightful spot in today's society. This non-residential program has an intensive skills-based assessment that allows the candidate to identify their strengths, weaknesses, potential risk factors, and current barriers. Job developers are assigned to work with clients in developing a comprehensive employment plan that will lead the participant to meaningful employment. Admissions Criteria: must have a non-violent, non-sexual offense history and must have been released to Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, and surrounding areas within the last 180 days.

 

S.T.E.P. (Special Treatment Entry Program) is a non-residential 90-day outpatient program that provides substance abuse counselling, case management, and wraparound services for individuals and veterans who have recently been released from jail. S.T.E.P. utilizes evidence-based counselling approaches such a Motivational Interviewing and Thinking for a Change. Screening and in-custody services may begin four months prior to the individual being released from custody. Follow-up case management and relapse prevention services are also provided for six months following program completion. Admissions Criteria: must have original sentence of at least six months in jail; must have transitional or permanent housing arrangements.    

 

R-House Immigration Program is a 10 male and 3 female bed facility for men and women with immigration hold or refugee status, many of whom have mental health issues. Admissions Criteria: must be referred through the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

 

Our San Julian Access Center provides immediate needs including beds, showers, laundry, storage, and medical evaluation. We offer job training, job placement, access to phones and the internet, advocacy, referrals, and daily therapy groups. We serve over 300 people daily and shelter over 100 people every night.

 

The West Covina Outreach and Access Center provides assistance and referrals to homeless individuals and families, including case management, access to a computer center, life skills classes, and clothing distribution.

 

At our El Monte Outreach and Access Center we provide assistance and referrals to homeless individuals and families, including case management, access to a computer center, life skills classes, and clothing distribution.

 

B.E.S.T. (Benefits Entitlement Services Team) provides assistance to disabled homeless persons throughout Los Angeles County in applying for and obtaining Social Security disability benefits through the provision of coordinated health, mental health, and comprehensive case management services. Admissions Criteria: must be a legal resident or citizen of the U.S. living on the streets, in shelters, or in transitional housing; must be unable to work for 12 months or longer; must not have an open or pending SSDI/SSI case; and must also have a qualifying mental or physical disability under SSA guidelines.


H.P.R.P. (Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program) is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was created by President Obama and HUD in 2009. H.P.R.P. is a temporary assistance program that assists individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Priority is given to those most in need of temporary assistance and who are most likely to achieve stable housing at the end of the program. H.P.R.P. has strict regulations for participation. Admissions Criteria: must currently live in Huntington Park and must be homeless or at risk of homelessness with no alternative housing options, financial resources, or support networks.

 

S.H.A.W.L. (Support for Harbor Area Women’s Lives) provides a safe haven for female victims of domestic violence, substance abuse, and/or mental illness. The program provides transitional housing, counseling, domestic violence education, and other support services to help them move towards an empowered independence.

We provide 24-Hour Transportation to any individuals being released from hospitals or jails who will require transitional housing or residential treatment to ensure they are placed in appropriate facilities.

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