2020 Grants Challenge

Every Child & Family Off the Streets

This project will connect families experiencing homelessness to housing and will inspire Angelenos to help get every family off the streets of Los Angeles. Activities will connect families to housing and services. It will aim to encourage Angelenos to volunteer and become active participants in the fight to end homelessness. We believe that together we can transform lives and help make LA the best place to connect, live, and raise a family.


In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

County of Los Angeles

In what stage of innovation is this project?

Expand existing program

What is the need you’re responding to?

URM is responding to the 58,936 people experiencing homelessness in LA County, 8,799 of which are family members. Los Angeles now has the largest homeless population in the Country, with numbers increasing annually.

In addition, COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the homeless population. URM is on the frontlines of the response – operating a team of frontline responders. We have in place a emergency measures to ensure access to medical care, compassionate support, and quarantine services during these challenging times. Staff are working overtime – overwhelmed by the scope of this situation.

We want to inspire Angelenos to take action and provide opportunities for people to get involved with being part of COVID-19 recovery and the solution to homelessness in Los Angeles. By 2050, we want there to be no child or family living on the streets of Los Angeles. Strategies for achieving this include CONNECTING families to housing and CONNECTING Angelenos to volunteerism.

Why is this project important to the work of your organization?​

URM is the only shelter on Skid Row that serves families.

URM maintains a commitment to never turn away a woman, child or family.

Leading the fight on Skid Row against COVID-19, URM is keeping its doors open, providing access to medical care in partnership with the LA Health Department, and increasing meals service by 33% to keep up with the increasing needs of the community and the economic fallout as jobs, homes, livelihoods are lost.

URM’s new Angeles House Facility will provide transitional housing to 80+ families by 2021

URM was the first rescue mission on Skid Row to open its doors to women in the 1980s, expanding to include families in the 1990s. Each year, more than 450 families are connected to housing and services.

URM opened Hope Gardens Family Center in 2007, a transitional housing facility which has helped end homelessness for more than 1,300 families.

URM opened an emergency Sprung Structure in 2019 to expand capacity to serve more women.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this proposal?​

Direct Impact: 6,000

Indirect Impact: 10,000,000

Please describe the broader impact of your proposal.

This proposal will:

* Provide critical services, medical care and support to help stem the overwhelming impact that COVID-19 is having on men, women, children and families experiencing homelessness

* Provide housing for families experiencing homelessness and struggling during the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis

* Heighten awareness of the problem of homelessness and inspire Angelenos to take action, to change their city, and end family homelessness once and for all with the help of #LoveLikeaHero Campaign

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.

Annual measurements tracked to gauge progress:

* Keep doors open during COVID-19 crisis, to continue to serve rising numbers of people/families experiencing homelessness on the streets of Skid Row

* End homelessness for more families – through the provision of emergency housing for families on Skid Row.

* Connect families to transitional housing at Hope Garden Family Center

* Engage over 31,000 volunteers to serve through all URM programs

* Mobilize volunteers through online fundraisers including the URM Walk to End Homelessness and Annual Angels of Hope Gala

In order to boost volunteerism, we will reach:

* 9,082 Instagram followers

* 8,028 Twitter followers

* 26,000 Facebook users

* 9,600 listeners on KKLA’s Stories from Skid Row

* 9,170 YouTube subscribers.

Which of the CONNECT metrics will your submission impact?​

Social and emotional support


Transit-accessible housing and employment

Are there any other LA2050 goal categories that your proposal will impact?​

LA is the healthiest place to LIVE

Which of LA2050’s resources will be of the most value to you?​

Access to the LA2050 community