Success Stories

Kristen is Guided Towards Employment and Permanent Housing 337 449 admin

Kristen is Guided Towards Employment and Permanent Housing

Kristen Byles, 24, and the mother of a 5-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy, became homeless after her father and stepmother moved out of state. When she could no longer remain with her boyfriend and his family, she stayed in hotels,…

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A Survivor Receives Support 354 420 admin

A Survivor Receives Support

Fleeing domestic violence, Kristen White slept in her car for two years at Hawaiian Gardens before LAHSA’s HET street outreach teams placed her into Project Roomkey. To avoid triggering her past substance use, she transferred to a shelter in Bellflower…

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Vouchers Allow Father and Son to Stay by Each Other’s Side 368 408 admin

Vouchers Allow Father and Son to Stay by Each Other’s Side

Army vet Robert Rangel, 78 and his son, Trino, 47, have always been by each other’s side. After living in motels for a decade, they were running out of money. With support from the Homeless Initiative, Volunteers of America Los…

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From Jail to a Bachelor’s Program 354 390 admin

From Jail to a Bachelor’s Program

David Barclay became eligible for early parole after nearly 20 years of incarceration but lacked confidence about finding employment. The Homeless Initiative-backed LA:RISE program at WDACS, in partnership with the Southeast LA AJCC and Center for Employment Opportunities, helped him…

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To Serving Others

Armida Garcia, 44, did not believe she could ever get a job because of her criminal record. After enrolling with WDACS’ Alternative Staffing Organizations program, supported by the Homeless Initiative, she was able to find work at Goodwill and receive…

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Veteran Finds His Way to and Accessible Home 360 388 admin

Veteran Finds His Way to and Accessible Home

Disabled military veteran Victor Schermerhorn, 63, lost his Lancaster apartment after new owners raised the rent. With LACDA implementing the Homeless Initiative strategy of facilitating federal housing subsidies, he received a rental voucher from the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)…

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Jason has the Keys to a New Life 600 541 admin

Jason has the Keys to a New Life

Jason is now no longer living on the streets. He has the keys to his own home at Vista Del Puerto. Vistas del Puerto received funding from the Los Angeles County Development Authority and Department of Health Services, among other…

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A home of her own: Shannon 600 541 admin

A home of her own: Shannon

After years of experiencing homelessness, Shannon now has a home of her own. Vistas del Puerto provides  47 affordable apartments for households earning between 30 and 50 percent of the area median income, plus one manager’s apartment. Half of the…

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Project Roomkey: Tony 440 534 admin

Project Roomkey: Tony

Tony was living on the streets of Monterey Pary with chronic health problems. Project Roomkey has given him a chance for a new life.

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Project Roomkey: Oscar 462 534 admin

Project Roomkey: Oscar

90 year old cancer patient Oscar has been temporarily housed because of Project Roomkey.

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