Mayor Eric Garcetti & Monica Rodriguez’s representatives and local community members joined non-profit LA Family Housing (LAFH) to celebrate the Christmas season with a treetrimming party at The Louis Permanent Supportive Housing (Day Street) apartments in Tujunga last week.
The Louis Apartments is a Permanent Supportive Housing building that provides housing to the most vulnerable among the chronically homeless. After living outdoors for months and even years, community-led events around the holidays help tenants feel more connected to the community. Everyone got together for a continental breakfast, festive card making, caroling and tree decorating in The Louis Community Room. Local community leaders Mark Siegel and Cindy Cleghorn joined L.A. Family Housing President and CEO LAFH Stephanie KlaskyGamer in the festivities and showed their support for this great project.
Mayor Garcetti said of the event, “L.A. Family Housing is a leader in creating safe communities where our unhoused neighbors can find the help they need to rebuild their lives,” “The Louis Apartments are a beautiful example of the opportunities that permanent supportive housing can create for our homeless brothers and sisters.”
The Louis tenants receive on-site supportive services to help with mental and physical health, employment opportunities, addictions or chronic illnesses. Life skills workshops include on how to do laundry, use a computer, or create a budget. Life skills workshops include on how to do laundry, use a computer, or create a budget.
“Everyone has a different story. The holidays can be a challenging time for some of our tenants and a celebratory time for others,” Stephanie. “We try to ensure that they feel connected as part of the LA Family Housing family.”
Los Angeles Family Housing helps families transition out of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services. Since its inception in 1983, L.A. Family Housing has become one of the most comprehensive homeless services agencies in Los Angeles. Through community outreach, supportive services, emergency shelter, transitional housing, affordable permanent housing, and permanent supportive housing, clients are provided with the necessary tools and resources to move towards self-sufficiency. L.A. Family Housing helps more than 7,000 people transition out of homelessness and poverty each year.
“It’s really great when people can get together and have some honest-to goodness-fun. It’s probably because they aren’t on Facebook!” said one of the celebrants.