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.

Ruling year info

1990

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Lee Raagas

Main address

1317 E 7th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90021 USA

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EIN

95-4205316

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to Point-In-Time count numbers from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, L.A.’s homeless population has been steadily increasing--up 13% in 2020, the date of the last count. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the crisis. A recent report by the Economic Roundtable projects that the homelessness rate among working age adults in L.A. will increase by 86% by 2023 due to pandemic-related job losses. 1,383 people experiencing homelessness died on the streets of Los Angeles County in 2020, a figure that likely underestimates the true death toll. Permanent housing is the only proven solution to ending homelessness.

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
Seniors

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.

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people, Ex-offenders

Related Program

Permanent Supportive Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of residents housed each year

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

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

Older adults, Seniors, People of African descent, People with disabilities, Substance abusers

Related Program

Permanent Supportive Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of individual, focused case management services delivered throughout SRHT's resident population

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

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

Economically disadvantaged people, People of African descent, Multiracial people, Older adults, Seniors

Related Program

Permanent Supportive Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of residents who achieve housing stability by staying in their unit for 12 months or more

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The Skid Row Housing Trust’s goal is to permanently end homelessness for our residents and strengthen the safety net for vulnerable people in Los Angeles County. Key strategies to achieve our goal include the evidence-based practices of Housing First, Trauma-Informed Care, and Harm Reduction. SRHT also supports resident choice, supporting people to take control of the circumstances of their own lives; and design equity, a belief that a person's environment forms the basis for their social interactions, affecting how they perceive themselves and interact with others.
SRHT supports our goal and strategies through three lines of business:
Real Estate Development - Builds, preserves, and renovates affordable housing in very low income communities to create more units in response to L.A.'s homelessness crisis
Health & Social Services - SRHT housing comes with case managers and programming designed to improve the health, wellness, and stability of residents
Asset Management - Provides continual property upkeep and improves the health of SRHT's portfolio by reducing vacancies
Property Management - On-site property managers keep units functional and help residents stay on top of their obligations, which increases their length of stay

SRHT's Strategic Plan outlines the following:
1. Measurably reduce homelessness by maximizing new housing production; protecting and improving our own portfolio through recapitalization; providing a continuum of housing options through diversified project and partnership types.
2. Support residents in meeting their needs by building the voice of residents in decision-making that directly affects their lives; expanding peer coaching activities that effectively improve resident outcomes; and expanding capacity to help interested residents transition to homes that best meet their needs.
3. Expand awareness of homelessness and SRHT's role in providing solutions through increased participation in advocacy for policy, resources, and systems change that advance housing solutions.
In 2022, we have set goals to increase the number of people experiencing homelessness who come through our doors and get help, and to expand our partnerships into affordable housing so that we can prevent homelessness before it starts,

Outcomes that illustrate SRHT’s impact include:
- We have permanently ended homelessness for 9,812 of LA County’s most vulnerable people.
- Our success in stabilizing the most vulnerable is reflected by a cost savings of $896,399,641MM (based on research that calculates the cost burden of one homeless person at about $34,700 a year) to LA County community members due to keeping high-acuity individuals out of emergency services and in their own homes.

Key outcomes over the last 12 months include:
-828 new affordable and permanent supportive housing units under development in the real estate department pipeline
-10 SRHT real estate assets in construction and management in Los Angeles
-27% of the staff in SRHT's Property Management Company identify as people with lived experience of homelessness, facilitating an empathetic support system for SRHT housing communities
-45,500 focused intensive case management services to residents, ensuring wellness and stability

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 your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, 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 01/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Simon Ha

Steinberg Hart

Term: 2020 -

Patrick Spillane

IDS Real Estate Group

Paul Gregerson

JWCH Institute, Inc.

Simon Ha

Steinberg Hart

Max Kolomeyer

Forbix Capital Corp.

Rex Jones

Wells Fargo

Jennifer Christian-Herman, Ph.D.

Kaiser Permanente

Dan Mahoney

Pacific Empire Builders

Diana Skidmore

Crain & Associates

Katherine Perez

Arup

Nancy Goldblum-Geller

Mattel, Inc.

Benjamin Henwood, Ph.D.

USC School of Social Work

Diane Ballen

Burnham Benefits

Emil Khodorkovsky

Forbix Capital Corp.

David Waite

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/30/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data