Three Los Angeles nonprofits received Tuesday $200,000 in grant money dedicated to developing new solutions for homelessness, courtesy of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.
The grants, which total $600,000, were awarded to Brilliant Corners, LA Family Housing and The People’s Concern. All three organizations have spent the past year hard at work finding housing for homeless Angelenos.
“Homelessness in Los Angeles has reached unprecedented levels, with alarming double-digit (percentage) increases in the past year alone, and tens of thousands of individuals living without a roof over their heads each night,” Jewish Community Foundation CEO Marvin Schotland said.
Brilliant Corners launched a program in 2018 designed to convert motels into housing. Currently, the organization is planning to renovate a Mid-City motel to house dozens of Angelenos, as well as provide technical support to other housing providers. Although that project will create 18 supportive housing units, a veritable drop in the ocean compared to the estimated 35,000 homeless counted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Brilliant Corners CEO William Pickel said the conversion could serve as proof of concept for future endeavors.
During a two-year period, LA Family Housing will work on its own conversion plans, this time turning three houses in the San Fernando Valley into shared interim housing for homeless families.
According to the foundation, instead of using motel vouchers, the shared-housing model will place families in neighborhoods with access to schools, parks, supportive services and a community setting, which can help children coping with homelessness.
The final grant will support The People Concern’s permanent supportive housing project in South Los Angeles. The project will invest in a partnership between The People Concern and FlyawayHomes aimed at developing supportive housing by leveraging private investment and manufactured housing to reduce the cost and time it takes to put in place.
The organization will manage an additional two facilities within a year and potentially 10 to 15 facilities within two years, housing at least 300 homeless people, according to the foundation.