BEYOND SHELTER Overview
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Target demographics: Beyond Shelter serves very low-income and homeless families with children in Los Angeles County. The agency's Institute for Research, Training and Technical Assistance is the division of the organization that conducts research, publishes manuals and policy papers, and provides training to other organizations and cities throughout the United States in innovative methodologies, including "Housing First," which is now also referred to as "Rapid Re-Housing."
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,000
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: From November through December, volunteers are welcome to assist in organizing and preparing toys, clothing and other holiday gifts for families. In South Los Angeles, Beyond Shelter's two Neighborhood Resource Centers have many different volunteer tasks and needs that could accommodate short-term projects.
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County, and national for consulting and advocacy
Programs: The "Housing First" Program for homeless families
Service-Enriched Housing for families and seniors
Neighborhood Revitalization Project in South Los Angeles
The Institute for Research, Training and Technical Assistance (offering consulting, training and resources nationwide)
Beyond Shelter’s programs in Los Angeles, California, serve as a “laboratory for social change.” Primary among the agency’s initiatives is the Housing First approach to ending family homelessness, which is based firmly on a belief in the human right to housing. Beyond Shelter’s “Housing First” Program introduced a dramatic innovation in the field: the “housing first” approach, which is currently being adapted by organizations throughout the United States. In 1999, the Pew Partnership for Civic Change selected the Housing First Program as one of 19 “Solutions for America.”