Focus Areas

Veteran Homelessness

In 2010, Opening Doors, the first federal strategy to prevent and end homelessness, outlined a plan to end homelessness among veterans by 2015. As part of this nationwide effort, Shelter Partnership has taken on a leadership role in Los Angeles County by shaping the overall strategies embraced by community-based organizations, governmental bodies and collaborative groups, overseeing implementation of these strategies and supporting promising new solutions.

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Family Homelessness

Families experiencing homelessness have unique needs and circumstances. Shelter Partnership helps address these specialized needs by advising on program design and ongoing program implementation, brokering strategic partnerships and identifying new resources. 

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Persons Living With HIV/AIDS and Other Populations with Disability

Shelter Partnership recognizes the importance of addressing the specialized housing needs of certain populations, such as persons living with HIV/AIDs or physical and/or mental disabilities. Staff ensures that these special needs are reflected in policy decisions, funding decisions and program design. 

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Chronic Homelessness

Along with its commitment to ending veteran homelessness by 2015, Opening Doors also outlined a comprehensive strategy for ending chronic homelessness by 2017. In order to make this ambitious goal a reality, Shelter Partnership has focused its efforts on proven interventions for housing placement and retention of chronically homeless persons.

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Homeless Older Adults

According to the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, approximately 25% of the total homeless population is 55 and older and this figure is projected to grow rapidly. This is important because homeless older adults are more likely than their younger counterparts to have multiple medical problems and chronic illnesses that have gone untreated for years, on top of illnesses common to aging such as diabetes, cardiac disease, circulatory problems, and hypertension. In order to ensure that Los Angeles County is prepared for these changing demographics and needs, Shelter Partnership has focused its research and advocacy efforts on this growing subpopulation. 

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