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A Fresh Start

Ricardo lost his apartment while incarcerated.  He told the psychiatrist treating his depression in jail that he would be homeless upon his release. The psychiatrist urged him to enroll with First to Serve, Inc., which helped place him in transitional…

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A New Mom Gets the Help She Needs

Rayleen is a new mother who applied for paid family leave but did not receive her first check. Her partner then applied to the Employment Development Department (EDD), but their EDD card was stolen, and they could no longer afford…

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A Second Chance for Sand

After over 20 years in prison, Sand was at risk of becoming homeless. He sought various resources and connected with the Rancho Dominguez AJCC (America’s Job Centers of California) who provided him with gas money, other transportation assistance, and job…

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New Pathways for Zachary

The COVID-19 pandemic limited Zachary’s ability to find housing and work when he moved to Los Angeles. He sought support at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and enrolled in the LA: RISE program, successfully completing its 300-hour Culinary Arts Program…

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Overcoming Barriers

Alberto, 36, underwent substance use disorder treatment at a Recovery Bridge Housing facility operated by Fred Brown Recovery Services upon his release from prison. After being homeless for three years and not seeing his mother and two children for even…

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Looking Optimistically to Tomorrow

Christian, 27, battled addiction for 11 years and faced legal consequences. Then, he said, “One day, it just clicked that I did indeed need help.” After calling the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hotline, Christian was admitted…

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A Stepping Stone for Stephanie

Stephanie is a 27-year-old single mother of three with an open Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) case due to methamphetamine abuse when she lost her apartment and became homeless. She admitted herself into Steppingstone Recovery Center in Covina,…

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Rodney’s Journey

Rodney and his mother were living at an Inglewood homeless encampment when they obtained separate hotel rooms through Project Roomkey. Rodney was later referred to Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) and People Assisting the Homeless’ (PATH’s) Recovery Rehousing…

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Sylvia’s Story

A cancer survivor, 68 year-old Sylvia became homeless for two years after the friend with whom she had been sharing the cost of rent left LA. She heard about the weekly “Shower of Hope” event at Lario Park and decided…

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A New House for 1-year Old Josie

Karen Torres, 24, and Pedro Guerrero, 23, separated after losing their home, and Karen began living in her car with their then 1-year-old daughter, Josie. A woman saw them in the car and referred them to the Alliance for Children’s…

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