Housing program breakdown

Overview

There are many different housing programs in the LA BOSCOC that serve people experiencing homelessness. Most of them fit into one of the following project types. Each project type has its own eligibility criteria, duration, and features.

Emergency shelter

Eligibility: Anyone experiencing homelessness. Emergency shelters that serve families (meaning any household with more than one person) must serve all people regardless of their age and gender.

Duration: Very short-term. We aim to connect people with resources as quickly as possible; our goal is to transition people into permanent housing in less than 30 days.

Access: Immediate. If an emergency shelter has space, it can intake people on the day/night they ask for access.

Features: Basic shelter. Case management to assist you in exiting homelessness. Access to your local Coordinated Entry service providers. Many shelters have other resources available, like food and hygiene products.

Transitional housing

Eligibility: People who qualify as literally homeless. Transitional housing projects that serve families (meaning any household with more than one person) and are congregate facilities (meaning everyone lives in a group setting) must serve all people regardless of their age and gender.

Duration: Usually up to 12 months.

Access: Coordinated Entry. This project makes its resources available to people in the order of their greatest need.

Features: Housing varies by project. Case management to assist you in exiting homelessness. 

Rapid re-housing

Eligibility: People who qualify as literally homeless

Duration: Varies by project; for most projects, between 3 and 12 months

Access: Coordinated Entry. This project makes its resources available to people in the order of their greatest need.

Features: Scattered site rental housing. The lease is in your name; the project pays a portion of the rent. Case management to help you maintain permanent housing after your time in the project ends.

Permanent supportive housing

Eligibility: People who BOTH qualify as literally homeless AND who have at least one person in their household with a severe and persistent disability.

Duration: Open-ended.

Access: Coordinated Entry. This project makes its resources available to people in the order of their greatest need.

Features: Scattered site or single-site rental housing. In many cases, the lease is in your name, and the project pays a portion of the rent. Case management to help you maintain self-sufficiency.