Beyond Shelter

Rating: 5 stars   33 reviews


1200 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 600 Los Angeles CA 90017 USA


Beyond Shelter’s mission is:  to develop systemic approaches to combat poverty and homelessness among families with children and to promote family economic security and well-being. Beyond Shelter accomplishes its goals through the following strategies: 1) responsive service delivery; 2) people-centered community development; and 3) the creation of knowledge for social change.
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.”


Since the inception of the Housing First Program in 1988, more than 5,000 families have been assisted to move out of shelters and into permanent, safe and affordable rental housing in residential neighborhoods.

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."

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Geographic areas served:

Los Angeles County, and national for consulting and advocacy


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)

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have lived in downtown Los Angeles for nine years (I relocated from New York City). When I first arrived in my new Loft I could not understand why there were so many homeless families on the streets in one of America's largest Cities. I went on a quest to attempt to understand the issues and what organizations were working on the problem. I was directed to Tanya Tull, and Beyond Shelter. Shortly after meeting Tanya, and learning about Beyond Shelter I join the board of Directors. I have worked with non-profit organizations my whole life. Beyond Shelter's work by far is the important work being done to address the homeless family's issue! The organization has provided a much needed support system that is changing Los Angeles, the United States, and is modeling programs that can be used worldwide.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that the programs at Beyond Shelter really work and that they are truly making a difference for the families that the organization supports. Also, the dedication of the brilliant team of people who are Beyond Shelter.

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About every month

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10 people found this review helpful

Beyond Shelter is hands down the most effective non-profit I have ever encountered. Its staff and volunteers' passionate commitment to its mission--ending family homelessness--translates to results. When I decided to get involved in a non-profit that deals with the tragedy of homelessness, I looked at many agencies in Los Angeles. What brought me to volunteer, and later join its Board of Directors, was both its focus on families, and the achievements and commitment of its diverse staff. Not only do they help individuals get out of temporary emergency shelters into permanent residences, they provide critical support in terms of job training and placement, child care, and other assistance so that the vast majority of their clients never have to experience homelessness again. I could not be more proud of any agency. I only wish we could do more, help more people. If Beyond Shelter receives additional funding, they can expand their nationally-recognized program to help even more families in Los Angeles. They also impact individuals around the country, through their trainings conducted by Beyond Shelter's Institute for Research.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

delivering donated furniture and household items to several families living in their new apartments without any belongings. One young woman had a toddler daughter the same age as my son, and we talked about parenting challenges and positive discipline.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with like-minded individuals to help homeless children and their parents, and spreading the word about this incredible organization to my friends and colleagues.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Courageous, committed, professional, dedicated, smart, empathetic, persistent.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

eradicate family homelessness? probably help find jobs for at least 300 formerly homeless parents, and find housing for at least 1,500 families.

Ways to make it better...

We could help more families in more extensive ways.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy, which is increasing the demand for their services as previously middle-class families seek help, and which is decreasing the funds available to provide services to these families.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


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