Home L.A. Fund: Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles
Every night, nearly 60,000 Angelenos go to sleep homeless. They are families evicted due to job loss, veterans suffering from trauma, former foster youth, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons. More than 15,000 are chronically homeless, spending months and years on the streets and often suffering from mental illness and physical disabilities. The human and financial costs are tremendous, and the need for safe, affordable housing has never been greater.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY
Research shows that providing services without housing, or housing without services is not effective. But by combining housing with supportive services such as job training, case management and health care, we can make a real impact. This approach, known as permanent supportive housing (PSH), has been proven to be effective and can cut government costs for the chronically homeless by up to 75%.
In 2016, we partnered with a network of housing providers, lenders and foundations who committed to more than tripling the City’s production of permanent supportive housing units to 1,000 per year. This includes early funding to buy land and secure entitlements, as well as support for nonprofit housing developers and services needed to ensure recipients remain in housing.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The homelessness crisis facing Los Angeles County is a solvable one. By joining with donors, nonprofits, funders and public and private-sector institutions, you have the potential to make a permanent impact. If we can focus attention and resources on the root causes of homelessness, we can build a future in which everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the strength, productivity and well-being of our region.
CCF created the Home L.A. Fund in 2015 to help address the worsening homelessness crisis in Los Angeles County. Since then, CCF has raised $2 million from individual donors, which has expanded the impact of our broader housing initiatives. Through the Home L.A. Fund, CCF will:
- Help high capacity nonprofit organizations expand the supply of permanent and emergency housing solutions.
- Support innovative approaches to building housing and providing services.
- Advocate for new policies that will solve homelessness and housing insecurity once and for all.
By giving to the Home L.A. Fund, you fund grants to L.A.’s most effective affordable housing developers, ensuring more Angelenos have a home to call their own.
The Home L.A. Loan Fund is a one-of-a-kind, risk-free charitable investment option focused on fighting homelessness in Los Angeles County. Donor investments are pooled and used to provide three or five year seed capital to organizations building permanent supportive housing units for the chronically homeless. By jump-starting the process, this capital accelerates the pace and scale of production, creating more homes for our neighbors who need them most. All Home L.A. loans are guaranteed by CCF. At the conclusion of the loan, 100% of the initial investment is returned to the donor’s fund.
Ending the homelessness crisis is a daunting challenge, and we have partnered with incredible organizations across Los Angeles County to make an impact. Below are just a few of our expert partners who can help you learn more about the crisis and how you can get involved in addressing short- and long-term solutions.
Learn how Los Angeles County reached this point and discover innovative, effective approaches that have the potential to end our homelessness crisis.
To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Home L.A. Fund. Checks should be mailed to:
California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.