The mission of Upward Bound House is to eliminate homelessness among families with children by providing housing, supportive services & advocacy.
Upward Bound House (UBH) has established an extraordinary record of success in addressing family homelessness. Since 1997, we have helped more than 800 families - including over 1,600 children - transition from homelessness into permanent housing. Over 95% of these families were still in their homes a year after placement.
UBH is a leading provider of housing and services to homeless families with children under the age of 18. It accomplishes its mission through a variety of programs that address the diverse needs of homeless families. Our shelter programs provide temporary housing to families for 3-6 months. Family Place, located in Santa Monica consists of 21 one-bedroom apartments designed to accommodate a family of up to four members. This program is designed for families who need a little more time to increase their income before they transition into independent living. Family Shelter, located in Culver City consists of 18 studio units, families enrolled in this program are typically in need of immediate housing and stay for 3-4 months before moving on to longer term programs or permanent housing.
Our rapid re-housing programs focus on moving homeless families into permanent housing as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes approximately 45-60 days to transition families into more stable housing. These programs provide financial assistance in the form of security deposits, utility arrears and deposits, first month's rent and short-medium term rental subsidies to families. They also assist families in identifying and obtaining permanent housing. In 2013, we served over 500 family members consisting of 175 families (223 adults, 292 children) in all our programs.
Families enrolled in our programs receive wraparound supportive services geared towards improving their lives and building greater self-sufficiency. They include:
- Comprehensive Case Management
- Food and Clothing
- Financial Literacy
- Parenting Classes
- Children's Enrichment Activities
- School Enrollment
- Permanent Housing Search & Placement
- After Care Services to ensure Housing Retention