Santa Monica-based Upward Bound House, a leading provider of housing and services for homeless families with children, has been awarded more than $1.4 million in funding by the First Five LA Commission in support of homeless families.
The funds will be used to provide short-term rental assistance and subsidies to homeless families with children under the age of five, Upward Bound officials said.
“These funds from First Five LA will be transformative to the families we serve”, said David Snow, executive director of Upward Bound House. “The families we serve have fallen on hard times and need just a little bit of help to get back on their feet. This grant will allow us to provide that extra assistance and ensure they don’t relapse back into homelessness.”
Upward Bound officials noted that short-term rental assistance is a proven model for helping homeless families with relatively low barriers to housing achieve permanent stability and self-sufficiency. The organization initiated a project two years ago funded by county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky that helped 14 families.
“One homeless child in the street is too many,” said Yaroslavsky, the chairman of the First 5 LA Commission. “We are pleased to make these funds available to best-practice service providers such as Upward Bound House.”
Since Upward Bound House was formed in 1997, more than 600 families have graduated from the agency’s programs, including over 1,100 children. An estimated 95 percent of families remain housed at least one year after graduating, according to Upward Bound.