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TOWN HALL MEETING/LISTENING SESSION
FEATURING THE DIRECTOR OF DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
DR. JONATHAN SHERIN . November 1, 2018 . 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Join us as DMH leadership publicly announces its current strategies and listens to YOU about what's working and more importantly what's not working as it specifically relates to mental health in Los Angeles County. Seating on a first come, first serve basis. Meeting will start promptly at 1:00 pm. We suggest you arrive early. All are welcome.
Located at the James Wood Community Center
400 E. 5th Street (SE Corner of 5th & San Julian Streets) Skid Row, CA 90013
The Home Depot Foundation Partners with SRO Housing Corporation to Renew Facility for
On Friday, April 27, The Home Depot Foundation partnered with SRO Housing Corporation to complete renovations at Marshall House in Skid Row, a 72-bed transitional facility that provides safe housing for homeless veterans. Built in 1925, Marshall House is the only housing center in Downtown Los Angeles exclusively catering to homeless veterans.
Since its inception, SRO Housing has transitioned hundreds of residents into permanent housing, but the Marshall House is in need of extensive renovations. With the help of a Home Deport Foundation grant, 45 members of Team Depot and The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, the Marshall House has been renewed with fresh paint to ensure aesthetically pleasing conditions for its deserving residents.
The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans. Army veteran and former SRO Housing resident, Gordon Cope, is one of many that are grateful for the SRO Housing and Home Depot support. Following a 10-year prison stint, Cope transitioned back into society, which led him to SRO Housing services. A couple years ago, the veteran with 25 years of carpentry experience participated in an SRO Home Depot day of Service. With encouragement from SRO Housing, Cope continued to apply for jobs and he now works as a sales associate at Home Depot.
(Gordon Cope, Army Veteran seen in image below)
"If it wasn't for SRO Housing... I would be dead"
- Joseph Werner, U.S. Marine Corp Veteran (Shown Above)
SRO Staff and Volunteers In Action
“BUILDING YOUR FUTURE” CAREER FAIR
hosted by the Los Angeles Rescue Mission
To aid our recruiting efforts, SRO Housing participates in Job Fairs throughout the city. This allows us access to a diverse population of candidates seeking employment.
USC – Multi-University Alumni Fair – The Programs Managers and HR attended the fair on Friday, March 9th 10am-2:00pm. We were invited to their VIP Veterans Breakfast that morning before the Fair.
Tuesday, April 10th, we participated in the Homeless Job Fair in the San Julian Street Park. Sixty-five individuals came to our table to discuss employment opportunities. We have scheduled in-person interviews with several of them. While at the Fair, we were able to share the process to attain housing with SRO Housing with several homeless individuals.
Cal State 2018 Social Work Job Fair – We annually attend this Fair to recruit Case Managers for our Social Services teams. Program Managers Virginia Reed and Federico Lopez represented SRO Housing at this Fair on Friday, April 13th at the Carson Community Center.
The Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and the County of Los Angeles Homeless Initiative extended a special invitation to our organization to participate as an employer in the Homeless Service Professionals Job Fair of Los Angeles. The Fair was Friday, April 13, 2018 at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. We interviewed over 40 job candidates and invited 19 back to SRO Housing for second interviews.
Job and Resource Fair:
Through the Employment Development Department (EDD), the Department of Veterans Affairs invited us to participate in their Job and Resource Fair, Wednesday, May 16th at the Compton Community College. While this Fair was open to all Veterans, it is specifically focusing on those returning from active duty.
The United Way
“EVERYONE IN” Rally
SRO Housing Corporation Supportive Staff Full Turn Out for The United Way “EVERYONE IN” Rally/Press Conference was held on May 15th prior to the Board of Supervisors vote on the Measure H Spending Plan for the 18-19 budget.
COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSION
Held on May 18th. at SRO's James Wood Community Center
According to the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, 40% of people experiencing homelessness in LA County are Black, although Black people make up only 9% of the county's total population. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness will examine the barriers Black people may face when trying to exit homelessness by accessing services and affordable housing. The community got together to participate in this work by attending the community listening session and shared their ideas and perspective.
SRO Housing Partners with Los Angeles Regional FoodBank
On Thursdays, Korean War Veteran Richard Smith has one thing on his mind: the food delivery from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. SRO Housing Corporation partners with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and countless other providers in the community to ensure the needs of our residents are met. According to Charles Wafer, who drives SRO Housing Food Bank program, and distributes an average of 9,000 pounds of food to SRO Housing residents each week, "Hunger is not happening here."
Veterans Affordable Housing
SRO Housing Corporation serves homeless and low income individuals with housing and supportive services.
Contact SRO Housing Corporation for Veterans' eligibility information.
SRO Veterans Transitional Program Helps Formerly Homeless Veteran Rebuild His Life
David Abeyta lost everything. He was homeless and suffering from depression when he found his way to SRO Housing Corporation Veteran's Transitional Program. The program provided housing and personalized supportive services including a caring case manager, Dora Pilcher. Now, David has begun to rebuild his life.
30 Years of Service, Marking a Milestone with Success Stories
Anita U. Nelson, SRO Housing Corporation Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors announce a year-long celebration of SRO Housing Corporation 30 years of service to homeless and low income individuals in downtown Los Angeles.
“Many of the people who come to us for housing have lost everything. We become their family,” says Nelson. Stories of formerly homeless men and women who live and work at SRO Housing Corporation in downtown Los Angeles illustrate the impact the organization has. “It is more than a building. It is home. SRO Housing saved my life. I’m grateful.” David Abeyta, Air Force Veteran, resident of Gateways Apartments.
“Homelessness is not only not having a place to go, it is not having a place where people love you and care about you. When I get to move someone into a new home, I get to see a life being changed. I see people begin to feel worthy.” Christopher Sykes, Manager of SRO Housing Renato Apartments.