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Beyond Shelter

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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services

Mission: 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.”

Results: 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."

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,000

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)

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Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Beyond Shelter has helped me so much. Just three years ago, I walked into their office with no place to go. The moment I stepped into that office, my life changed forever. Now I have my own place, a good job, and now I can take care of my own family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am 35 years old and have 3 children. My son is 17 and I have 12 and 8 year old daughters. I had my first child at the age of 17 and had to drop out of high school to care for my son. My mother abandoned us for 10 years due to drug use. I was terrified of my mother's situation, but then I became a drug user and a gang member due to not having a caring mother. I lost my father at 15 years old, and my children's father is in prison. I tried to support my family and make it on my own, but I made a lot of wrong decisions. I got shot 8 times on New Year's Eve in December, 2003 at age 30. Finally I realized that I could not do it on my own. In August, 2008, I entered into a transitional housing program in South Los Angeles with my children, and we were referred to Beyond Shelter's Housing First Program for help getting back into permanent housing. I moved into my permanent housing on November 11, 2010. That was the best thing that happened in my life. My children and I are grateful to Beyond Shelter for the opportunity they have provided for us to have a safe and warm place of our own. I will always be grateful to Beyond Shelter for their help at such a critical time of my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beyond Shelter's program and my case manager are and have been vital in securing me and my son a stable place to live. I am an emancipated foster youth and was emancipated at the age of 18 without the proper support or guidance to help me maintain permanent housing. In February 2007 I became pregnant with my son. I was working at the time but lost my job because of a very difficult pregnancy. In August, 2007, I was accepted into the St. Anne's transitional housing programs for unwed mothers. They referred me to Beyond Shelter. After completing St. Anne's program and moving to other shelter programs, my case manager at Beyond Shelter continued to help me. On December 31, 2010, I moved into permanent housing. I am forever grateful to the Beyond Shelter program for their supportive staff members and all the services that they have provided me with to this very day.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Beyond Shelter is an A+ agency. They treat clients as if they were family. They don't judge and they work hard to help people get back on their feet. Their goal is to help families overcome barriers to housing and provide ongoing support to them while homeless and after they move into housing. They also assist families with social activities for the kids such Summer and Winter Camp, classes for arts and crafts and dance classes. In addition, they connect families with resources to assist families with their needs. This is a great agency and it can alway use more funding to keep providing the great services that they provide.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Beyond Shelter was encouraging, motivating, hardworking, and persistent in helping us get back on our feet thank you Beyond Shelter.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was homeless, pregnant, and scared when I came to this program. But God showed me a way to be better for myself. He gave me strenght to go on with my life. Now I have my my own place, my son is in school and my whole life has changed for the better. Thanks be to God for this program I am truly Blessed and grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Beyond Shelter came into our lives (my family's) 7 years ago, while we were homeless. It was a really hard time because my mom who already had 9 children was pregnant with her 10th child. The fact that we had no money at all did not help our situation. Beyond Shelter kept finding us potential homes, but we were denied every time because of the number of children homes, but they never gave up on us and found us the home we live til today, in which we have also been helped financially. We are truly grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a victim of a crime and I had to move. I entered a homeless shelter and the shelter referred me to Beyond Shelter. They have helped me obtain housing and help giving Christmas gifts and advocacy when i needed it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Beyond Shelter seeking help with housing. I was living with relatives when i was a victim of a crime. Now thanks to Beyond Shelter i am working and have a home for my 2 kids. I am so grateful for the help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I became homeless when my grandmother's house was overcrowded and I was asked to leave because there was no more room for my son and I. I went to Beyond Shelter for assistance. Beyond Shelter was so much help. They gave me housing, clothing, food, house equipment, and love.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I became unemployed and could no longer afford my rent, so I had to move. I was then referred to Beyond Shelter whom assisted me with shelter services. In addition they assisted me with low income housing, community resources, food, sheets, toys, etc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I think the program is great, to help young people get a plan and organized. I needed someone to motivate me, and this program does that.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had a wonderful experience with my case manager Janice Garcia and her peers who worked diligently in assisting me in every way possible to provide me with all of the necessities, as well as my housing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came in to Beyond Shelter seeking help with housing. I was living with relatives when I was a victim of a crime. Now I am working and have my home with my 2 kids. I am so grateful for their help thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my apartment when I tried to move to a better place and gave my landlord 30 days notice. When I tried to move to my new place, it was already rented out, and my landlord would not let me stay. Things went from bad to worse and I ended up in a mission with my son and daughter. Then, Beyond Shelter helped me to move out of Skid Row and into a temporary motel. Then, I had a master-leased apartment, and then I got the opportunity to apply for my own apartment at Broadway Village II. Now I have a great job and my kids are going to great schools. I volunteer there too. I feel that

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My apartment at Broadway Village I is quiet, lovely and nice. I feel like the services have been helpful in supplying all m needs. My two kids love the place, and I feel very comfortable here. I heard about Beyond Shelter two years ago - and I would not change anything about the program. I feel like everything I need is right here. I have an open invitation for help. - Jessica Jordan

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family would like to thank beyond Shelter for all that they have done for us. We now live in an apartment that we can call our own. At Broadway Village II, our children can play outside and attend other activities that have been offered through the Service Coordinator and outside agencies. We have enjoyed the mosaic classes and the ladies night out, which I look forward to. Our apartment is comfortable and spacious. Our family is glad to have a roof over our heads. My husband and I feel like a family now. We watch TV together and have dinner together every night. When we moved in, we had nothing. Beyond Shelter provided a stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. We also have an air conditioner for hot days and a warm heater for the cold days. When I moved in I fell in love with the beautiful carpet that was in all the rooms. We are centrally located to my children's school and my husband's job. There are bus stops near a shopping center where I can conveniently do my shopping. There are bus stops near our apartment complex, which has made traveling to different places easy for my family and I to get around. I really appreciate that my family and I were allowed to stay at Broadway Village II. We are glad to have a place called home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I like living at Broadway Village II because it gives me the feeling of a healthy environment for my children to play in. It is especially unique because our residents are people of different nationalities and we can share experiences, culture and food. I like the apartment set up because it is spacious and my kids have room to play and enjoy themselves. We are very comfortable. I like the two bathrooms because it accommodates my large family and a dishwasher that I can use if i do not feel like washing dishes. I feel safe here because the building is secured and with an on site manager so I know if there is a problem it would be quickly resolved. Because I have Cerebral Palsy and sometimes in need of special accommodations, the services offered at beyond Shelter has helped me receive the resources that i need to make my stay comfortable. Where I live there are mosaic classes, exercise classes, and a lot of activities to keep the residents active. I am proud to live in my apartment and happy that my children and I now have a place that we can call home. Thank you -Arabia Baylock

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Tamika Coleman. Since i moved to Broadway Village II my children and I live comfortable and secure. I feel very blessed to be able to dwell in a place where I have easy access to my children's schools, bus stops, and to the different stores. I live in a four bedroom apartment, which allows my children and myself to enjoy family time, have dinner together, and watch movies. I really enjoy my dishwasher. I never have had a dishwasher before, so the time i would normally be washing dishes is spent with my children. Beyond Shelter has made my life easier because they support me with offering resources to help me with my children and to my brother who was a mental disability. The Site Service Coordinator has been instrumental in referring me to the right agencies to get the help I needed for my brother. Beyond Shelter has organized activities that the whole family can enjoy and it has helped out little community come together as neighbors. I would like to take this time to thank Beyond Shelter for their caring support that they have given to help my family and I to a better quality of living.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is not a band-aid, it's a SOLUTION for hundreds of families living on the streets, in their cars, in shelters, and worse!