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Homeless Permanent Supportive Housing

As affordable housing is scarce in Los Angeles County, some families have found themselves unable to provide a basic need for their children: a stable place to live. This $35 million initiative aims to provide permanent supportive housing and related services for families that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness and that include at least one prenatal to 5 year-old child.

Who is served by this program?

This countywide initiative helps stabilize families by providing rental assistance and other support services. Families can use rental subsidies for a housing unit anywhere in Los Angeles County. First 5 LA also is funding the development of 5 capital projects. 

What kinds of services are provided? 

  • Rental Assistance Program 1: 747 families who have had some experience with the child welfare system will receive rental assistance.
  • Rental Assistance Program 2: 700 families will receive rental assistance. Experience with the child welfare system is not a qualifying factor for participation. 
  • Capital Development Program: 242 units will be constructed to provide housing for 86 families.

All participating families will be eligible for a host of other support services, designed to move the family toward self-sufficiency. Examples of support services may include alcohol and drug counseling, legal services, and connecting families to child care and health screenings.

Who is funded under this program?

The Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles is the initiative contractor, and they are utilizing sub-contractors for the initiative’s various programs.

Rental Assistance Program 1 Sub-Contractors (3/4/2013-3/4/2015):

Rental Assistance Program 2 Sub-Contractors (3/3/2014-3/3/2016)

Capital Development Program Sub-Contractors (12/1/2012-11/30/2017):

Insite Development/Penny Lane

  •   Project Name: Cedar Ridge Apartments
  •   Supervisorial District 5
  •   Construction completion: December 2013

East LA Community Corporation/Los Angeles House of Ruth

  •   Project Name: Whittier Supportive Housing 
  •   Supervisorial District 1
  •   Construction completion: June 2015

West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation/Children’s Institute

  •   Project Name: Vermont Manzanita
  •   Supervisorial District 2
  •   Construction completion: October 2015

A Community of Friends/St. Anne’s

  •   Project Name: Beverly Terrace
  •   Supervisorial District 2
  •   Construction completion: March 2016

National Community Renaissance of CA/Union Station Homeless Services

  •   Project Name: Mar Vista Union
  •   Supervisorial District 5
  •   Construction completion: March 2016

How does PSH address First 5 LA’s four goal areas?

As stated in First 5 LA’s Homeless Data Report, homelessness puts children at risk of poor outcomes in all of First 5 LA’s goal areas: Children are born healthy; Children maintain a healthy weight; Children are free from abuse and neglect; and Children are ready for school. The initiative aims to assist families to remain stably housed, reduce child welfare system involvement, and gain self-sufficiency skills in order to strengthen families and increase the number of children who are physically and emotionally healthy, ready to learn and safe from harm.

First 5 LA is conducting ongoing evaluations of the initiative to assess program implementation and outcomes, and generate information and lessons-learned that can be used to inform policy decisions, resource allocation, and the broader field of family homelessness.

For more information about the initiative, contact Sharon Murphy at [email protected] or to apply for housing support, dial 2-1-1 or visit

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