Human Services

Skid Row Housing Trust

Homes. Support. Success.

aka Skid Row Housing Trust   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.skidrow.org

Mission

Skid Row Housing Trust (the Trust) provides permanent supportive housing so that people who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction can lead safe, stable lives in wellness.

Notes from the nonprofit

Please note, Form 990 from 2017 is consolidated and includes the operations of the limited partners that hold the real property.

Ruling year info

1990

Chief Executive Officer

Lee Raagas

Main address

1317 E 7th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90021 USA

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EIN

95-4205316

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the 2019 Point-in-Time count in Los Angeles County, nearly 59,000 people are homeless in LA County, and more than 36,000 people are homeless in the City of Los Angeles. While nonprofit developers and service providers are moving people off the streets and into homes more than ever before, systemic issues such as a lack of affordable housing is driving more people into homelessness. So there is a high demand for housing - especially permanent supportive housing - and not enough supply to meet that need.

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?

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent supportive housing is a nationally recognized best practice, where affordable, community-based housing is created for chronically homeless individuals who need long-term housing assistance combined with robust supportive services in order to break the cycle of homelessness. Skid Row Housing Trust spearheaded PSH in Los Angeles after adopting a "Housing First" philosophy, which dictates that housing must be provided first and then services can be efficiently and effectively provided. Once housed, the Trust’s residents pay up to 30 percent of their income in rent, and they may access any and all services the Trust and its partners provide free of charge, and at their own discretion and pace. Core service elements of permanent supportive housing include case management, medical care, mental health treatment, recovery services, and financial development opportunities. California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1380 into law in September 2016, establishing California as a Housing First state, and recognizing permanent supportive housing as the best practice for preventing and ending homelessness throughout the State.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Where we work

Awards

Community Impact Award of the 49th Los Angeles Architecture Awards 2019

Los Angeles Business Council

Crest Apartments: 2018 American Architecture Award Housing Award: Specialized Housing 2018

The American Architecture Awards

Crest Apartments: Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, Outstanding Project 2018

Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

Outstanding Real Estate Industry Award: Mike Alvidrez 2018

LA County Bar Association

Honorable Mention/Outbuilding/Residential Architect Design Award: Courtyards at Rossmore & Weldon 2018

Architect Magazine

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Former CEO Mike Alvidrez 2019

California Housing Hall of Fame Awards

The Six: Residential Architect Design Award 2017

Architect Magazine

The Six: AIA LA Cote Award 2017

American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles

The Six: National AIA Institute Honor 2017

American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles

The Six: AIA National Housing Award 2017

American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles

The Six: AIA California Council Honor Award 2017

American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles

The Six: AIA Sustainability Honor Award 2017

American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles

Crest Apartments: AIA California Council Design Merit Award 2017

American Institute of Architecture

Crest Apartments: Los Angeles Architecture Design 2017

Los Angeles Business Council

Crest Apartments: AIA|LA Residential Architecture Design Award 2017

American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles

Crest Apartments: SCANPH Supportive Housing Project of the Year 2017

SCANPH (Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing)

Crest Apartments: Affordable Housing Finance's 13th Annual Reader's Choice, Competition in the Spec 2017

Affordable Housing Finance Magazine

Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability 2016

The Hanley Foundation

AIA Norma Sklarek Award 2017

American Institute of Architecture

The Star: American Architecture Awards Chicago Athenaeum 2016

Museum of Architecture and Design

The Star: Mies Crown Hall America’s Prize (MCHAP) Finalist 2016

Mies Crown Hall America’s Prize

The Star: AIA Los Angeles Residential Architecture Design Award 2016

American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles

The Star: AIA Los Angeles Architecture Design Honor Award 2016

American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles

The Star: U.S. Green Building Council Outstanding Affordable Housing Project 2016

American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles

The Star: AIA California Council Architecture Design Honor 2016

American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles

Reader’s Choice Awards: Star Apartments 2014

Affordable Housing Finance

Rose Award: Star Apartments 2014

Downtown Breakfast Club

Star Apartments 2014

Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing

Westside Urban Forum Winner: Star Apartments 2012

Westside Urban Forum

Architectural Award: Star Apartments 2012

Los Angeles Business Council

Next LA Design Winner: Star Apartments 2012

American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles

NEXTDC19 (NEXT Inaugural Event) 2019

Excellence in Leadership Award, Lee Raagas, CEO of Skid Row Housing Trust

Los Angeles Healthcare Awards 2019

Los Angeles County Medical Association

Mike Alvidrez, Hauser’s Hero Award 2019

SCANPH

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 households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

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

Permanent Supportive Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Skid Row Housing Trust currently has about 2,000 people who call a Trust community their home. While homelessness has been a crisis for years, the way the lack of affordable housing is trending means even more people will fall into homelessness. Our goal is to rehabilitate and build more affordable, permanent supportive housing so we can move more people into their forever homes faster, and to provide even more services to help people maintain their housing and improve their overall well-being. Our goal is also to advocate for affordable housing for people before they fall into homelessness, advocate for our neighbors on the streets, and advocate for our residents so they may continue to have services and support to help them break the cycle of homelessness. We aim to develop as much affordable permanent supportive housing as is needed to drastically reduce the tens of thousands of people experiencing homelessness. We also aim to provide the best on-site support services, asset management, and property management for our residents and partners.

Our four lines of business focus on making sure each aspect of housing and services is strong enough to support the needs of our residents. Real Estate Development focuses on developing affordable, permanent supportive housing that is build with dignity and longevity in mind to address people's needs now and in the future. Health and Social Services provides on-site services to residents to improve their well-being and help them maintain their housing permanently. the Property Management Company works in tandem with the Health and Social Services team to ensure the building maintains its quality, resident maintenance needs are addressed, and that every action is taken to help residents stay healthy and housed. Asset Management ensures the quality of buildings so that our partners and investors have a positive experience and continue to support the work the Trust does.

Leaders with specific skill-sets oversee each line of business to ensure continuity of quality and drive innovative ideas to enhance the services and housing experience for residents, partners, and staff.

We currently boast a 90% retention rate in the first year of residents moving in. As we grow our support teams we hope to maintain and increase that retention rate.

To meet the needs of people who are experiencing homelessness, the Trust is quickly increasing the number of apartments that will be available in the coming years. Three buildings, partially funded by Prop HHH, will provide 254 new and remodeled homes to our neighbors on the streets. We also have several buildings spanning from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, CA in the pipeline. Six Four Nine Lofts, providing 55 apartments, and a 25,000 sq ft clinic to be run by LA Christian Health Centers, is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2020.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: case management notes, community meetings/town halls, constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: our staff.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Skid Row Housing Trust

Board of directors
as of 3/5/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Patrick Spillane

IDS Real Estate Group

Term: 2014 -

Patrick Spillane

IDS Real Estate Group

Paul Gregerson

JWCH Institute, Inc.

Jennifer Caspar

Housing Consultant

Simon Ha

Steinberg Hart

Max Kolomeyer

City National Bank

Rex Jones

Wells Fargo

Jennifer Christian-Herman, Ph.D.

Kaiser Permanente

Dan Mahoney

Pacific Empire Builders

Cheryl Hayward

Philanthropist

Diana Skidmore

Crain & Associates

Danielle Wildkress

Brilliant Corners

Nancy Goldblum-Geller

Mattel, Inc.

David Waite

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Martice Mills

The Capital Corps

Emil Khodorkovsky

Brilliant Corners

Benjamin Henwood, Ph.D.

USC School of Social Work

Diane Ballen

Burnham Benefits

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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Keywords

homeless, chronic homelessness, affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, housing, homeless services, homeless, digital divide