Door of Hope is launching a homelessness prevention program this fall, in partnership with local churches, with a goal to prevent homelessness for 50 families in the coming year!
Due to high housing costs in LA, combined with the limited earning potential of low-income men and women, first-time homelessness has increased 16% in the last year alone, with many more families teetering on the brink of homelessness. A lost job, unanticipated medical expenses, a major car repair, increased rent, and no savings are just some of the complex factors that push people into homelessness.
We see this every day at Door of Hope, so we got to thinking: what if we could use our experience and services to intervene before people became homeless? Prevention is always cheaper – and the same is true for homelessness prevention. First, the human cost is lower, as families are spared from the traumas of eviction, school disruption, loss of security and so much more. The financial cost is also dramatically lower: with case management services, coupled with one-time financial assistance, we believe we can prevent homelessness for about $2,500 – $5,000 per family. Door of Hope will provide the case management, and we seek to partner with local churches to provide the one-time rental assistance.
We look forward to this expanded mission in the coming year that will allow us to serve more families in need.
Thank you for your partnership!