LA FAMILY HOUSING

aka L.A. Family Housing, LAFH   |   North Hollywood, CA   |  www.lafh.org

Mission

LA Family Housing helps people transition out of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services. Our vision is to be a leader providing solutions to homelessness in people's lives.

Ruling year info

1989

President and CEO

Stephanie Klasky-Gamer

Main address

7843 Lankershim Blvd.

North Hollywood, CA 91605 USA

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EIN

95-3920560

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The 2019 Los Angeles Homeless Count reports that there are a staggering 58,936 people experiencing homelessness in L.A. County on a given night. In the region primarily served by LAFH, encompassing the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, Glendale and Burbank, there are approximately 7,730 people experiencing homelessness on a given night, including families with children, young adults, veterans, and thousands of lone adults. A historically low housing vacancy rate, continually rising rental costs far exceeding stagnant wages, and a lack of affordable housing development have all contributed to our region’s current homelessness crisis. While this crisis may appear intractable, LAFH has demonstrated by the long-term success achieved by thousands of our program participants that it is possible to effectively end homelessness. Our solution: comprehensive and individualized housing interventions enriched with supportive services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Outreach & Engagement

LA Family Housing works proactively to meet people where they are, literally and figuratively. Whether living in the arid heat of the Antelope Valley or beneath the traffic-jammed freeways of Los Angeles, our homeless neighbors need resources that will strengthen their ability to break the cycle of living outdoors.

The vast geographic region we serve requires us to acknowledge that no two stories of people experiencing homelessness are the same. Each person has a unique life experience that defines what type of support they need. With these needs in mind, we connect participants to the right type of housing for them, and surround them with the services that are proven to foster long-term housing stability.

LA Family Housing has played a leading role in developing best practices such as Prevention, Diversion, and Street-Based MultiDisciplinary Engagement to our region and to communities across the nation. These types of progressive engagement strategies allow us to create the appropriate support system required for each participant based on their individual needs, and work with them to find housing.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

We believe that everyone deserves the dignity of a home. The limited supply of housing in Los Angeles is an obstacle that makes helping participants find a permanent home more challenging. Creative problem-solving is essential for successful housing placement.

LA Family Housing has invested in solutions such as leasing large homes to increase interim housing options for families transitioning out of homelessness. These homes serve as a bridge to permanent housing, allowing multiple families to begin receiving case management in a stable environment, rather than spending another night outdoors.

Our team has also developed a broad network of landlords, property managers, and developers to help identify housing options beyond our own real estate portfolio. When possible, we invite participants into shared housing arrangements to make the best use of available apartments. These partnerships offer affordability and support for our participants.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

he transition from street to home is an evolving process, shifting as participants navigate the challenges of finding a permanent residence. From the initial point of engagement to the critical first months after housing placement, LA Family Housing is constantly assessing, re-assessing, engaging, and re-engaging participants to help them overcome their barriers to long-term stability and well-being. This holistic approach informs our Housing Stabilizers as they put individualized support plans in place to help participants stay in their homes. These plans include a variety of services, such as employment support, financial literacy, educational opportunities, substance addiction and health treatment, and youth programs such as after-school academic support, field trips, and art projects. Where we don’t provide services directly, we leverage our broad network of partner agencies throughout the region to meet the specialized needs of our participants.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

LA Family Housing owns and operates 23 affordable housing residences throughout L.A. County. With sharply rising rents in Los Angeles, more people are at risk of falling into homeless. Our pipeline of new real estate development will create supportive homes in the coming years for vulnerable groups including transition age youth, veterans and their families, and single women experiencing homelessness. LA Family Housing proactively engages and builds relationships with neighbors, regional service providers, community-based interest groups, and government officials before breaking ground on new developments. We consider each community’s unique needs and priorities as we design a new property for that neighborhood, with the goal of fostering strong and lasting relationships. As we work to expand our region’s affordable housing stock, we also advocate alongside our partners for policies and legislation that will lead to increased affordable housing construction.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Housing Placement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people served each year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of permanent supportive housing units owned

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Related Program

Real Estate Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LA Family Housing has 514 units of permanent supportive housing in various stages of development, including 99 units currently under construction.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe that permanent, affordable housing is the key to success for achieving long-term stability. Through coordinated outreach and leveraged regional partnerships, LA Family Housing is able to provide housing options and supportive services to thousands of individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness.

The Irmas Family Campus at LA Family Housing, which opened in May 2019, represents the next step of LA Family Housing's long-standing commitment to providing the most effective solutions to ending homelessness. LA Family Housing's reinvestment in our oldest and largest real estate assets in North Hollywood allows us to expand our role as the region's leader creating permanent homes. New supportive housing and refurbished crisis housing co-located with a new healthcare clinic and a state-of-the-art service center embody the best tools for breaking the cycle of poverty.

LA Family Housing's four main service areas include:

1. Intervention, Engagement, and Outreach: Through daily, proactive community outreach, we establish contact with people living in encampments, cars, and elsewhere on the street, assess their needs, and develop trusting relationships to initiate the housing process.

2. Housing Services: We provide a full continuum of housing including bridge (temporary), permanent supportive, and permanently affordable housing.

3. Supportive Services: We facilitate direct connections to employment opportunities, benefits, and financial literacy workshops to build self-sufficiency; physical and mental health care; education services; child care; domestic violence treatment; and more.

4. Real Estate Development: We own and operate 25 affordable and permanent supportive housing residences throughout L.A. County. Given the historically low vacancy rate and lack of affordable housing development in the area, we are committed to expanding our pipeline of affordable housing.

Across LAFH’s comprehensive range of services, the overarching goal is to reduce barriers to success, increase opportunity, and meet essential needs for the individuals and families we serve. In 2018, we assisted nearly 11,000 men, women, and children on the path to overcoming homelessness, helping them address their barriers to long-term stability and pursue new opportunities for success.

Each person’s or family’s barriers to housing stability and long-term solutions can differ greatly from one to the next. Because of this, LAFH emphasizes an individualized approach to service provision by which we continually assess our program participants’ unique challenges and needs, and provide tailored housing and service interventions for success. Our full continuum of housing services, integrated with and enhanced by comprehensive, wraparound supportive services, enables people of all circumstances and financial means to secure a permanent and safe home.

We have increased the number of individuals we serve annually from 5,200+ in 2015 to nearly 11,000 in 2018, a 47% increase from just one year before. In 2018, we successfully assisted 2,287 people into permanent homes, a 61% increase over the prior year -- a considerable feat amid LA's scarce housing market. We also engaged thousands of new in-need individuals and families, and worked with thousands more to achieve long-term stability, achieving an above-average 97% housing retention rate. As lead of the SPA 2 Coordinated Entry System, we have expanded this network to more than 70 collaborative partners and made strides in unifying our region’s service infrastructure.

In coming years, LA Family Housing aims to sustain our rapid growth, pursue new opportunities for real estate development and homeless services, and reach new heights of impact with the opening of our new Campus service center. By introducing innovative practices and sharing our expertise widely, we will further position LA Family Housing as an industry leader.

Financials

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LA FAMILY HOUSING

Board of directors
as of 6/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

GIllian Wright

Southern California Gas Company

Term: 2020 -


Board co-chair

Gregg Sherkin

Wells Fargo

Term: 2020 -

Stephanie Klasky-Gamer

LA Family Housing

Steve Brown

Hoffman Brown Company

Wayne Brander

U.S. Bank

Daniel Howard

Lodgen, Lacher, Golditch, Sardi, Saunders & Howard, LLP

Zeeda Daniele

Fannie Mae

Michael Ziering

Diagnostic Products Corporation

Gary Meisel

Private Investor

Michele Breslauer

Children's Law Center of Los Angeles

Blair Rich

Warner Bros. Pictures

Ross Winn

Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP

Robyn Lattaker-Johnson

RLJ Media Management & Consulting

Deborah Kazenelson Deane

Public Relations & Communications

Karen Brodkin

William Morris Endeavor

Debbie Burkart

National Equity Fund

Jill Koenig

Community Lending & Property Management

Michelle Missaghieh

Temple Israel of Hollywood

Gillian Wright

Southern California Gas Company

Tony Salazar

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.

Gregg Sherkin

Wells Fargo

Rashad Winston

Winston Group Realty

Jacob Lipa

PSOMAS

Jonathan Ruiz

The Agency

Peyman Salehi

City National Bank