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Upward Bound House

Rating: 4 stars   4 reviews 1,064


1104 Washington Avenue Santa Monica CA 90403 USA


The mission of upward bound house is to eliminate homelessness amongfamilies with children by providing housing, supportive services and advocacy.


Upward bound house operates three major programs: family place, family shelter and rapid rehousing for homeless and at-risk families. In 2014, our programs served 544 individuals - 231 adults and 313 children. Family place provides 4-6 months interim housing to homeless families with children in 21 one-unit apartments. Family shelter is a short-term emergency shelter consisting of 18 efficiency units; under this program, families can stay up to 150 days. Our rapid rehousing program helps homeless families in moving back into permanent housing as quickly as possible by providing them with housing search assistance and short-medium term rental subsidies. Our programs offer an array of wrap-around services designed to address the immediate barriers homeless families face in moving into permanent housing. Services include case management, financial literacy, individual and family counseling, employment services, parenting etc. Once families are placed in permanent housing, we provide stabilization services that help them retain their housing. These services include landlord-tenant relations, good neighbor practices, connection to community resources and budgeting. Over 90 volunteers complement 30 full and part-time staff. Since its inception, the organization has helped more than 900 families - including nearly 1,700 children - transition from homelessness into permanent housing, with over 95% of these families still in their homes more than a year after placement

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Upward bound house is an organization of smoke and mirrors, nothing is what it seems. Clients are harassed intimidated, and forced into situations they dont want to be in. All the wonderful donations, most dont reach donors (especially if its too nice, it gets sold on E bay or another staffer takes it home.) The staff, with the exception of maybe two people are.vile human beings, talking about clients bad, yelling at clients, and in general, not helping peiple. Soms standouts are Paula Brooks, the so called Housing coordinator whi doesnt do anything gossips about clients, and regularly takes out personal vendettas on clients, even causing some to lose their housing. They smile in your faces donors, and if they feel like you have too much money or fame, clients have to close their doors when your around, so you cant see or talk to the people your helping. So please go to family place, ask the CLIENTS if they are happy, and how they are being treated. You will be suprised what you hear....

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Clear out family place offices and family shelter, leaving only a few

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with children at the Upward Bound House for years and think it is one of the most rewarding experiences of my week.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Can't get much better than helping families and seniors get out of a hole. However, this organization not only offers a place to live but provides a community to achieve a sense of stability for people who need it. I love being involved in any way.

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working with the children of the families from the time they arrive until they leave for their new home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Upward Bound House is a gem. This unusual organization provides housing and services to homeless families with kids in a way that keeps the families intact, restores the family's sense of dignity and self-worth, and guides them back to self-sufficiency. They do this in a way that engages the community, with a special emphasis on the kids. All of this results in success for the families they work with.

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