2022 Grants Challenge

Bright Path Center's Housing Program

The Bright Path Center is a nonprofit organization that provides support services to low-income, homeless, at-risk, and disabled individuals and families. Our mission is to direct at-risk and homeless individuals and families on a successful path by accessible housing.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Housing and Homelessness

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

Central LA

East LA

South LA

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

Specific to our organizations' priority communities, the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside estimates 2,884 homeless individuals in Riverside County according to the 2020 point-in-time count. Individuals may be homeless for short periods. They may be chronically homeless, going for months or years of uninterrupted homelessness. A person's ability to obtain and maintain housing can be negatively impacted by the presence of severe mental illness and substance abuse. Other factors contributing to homelessness are past criminal history and the inability to pass housing background checks. Physical and mental health, substance abuse, and criminal background factors are just a little illustration of the need for fully funded housing programs that provide permanent homes and ongoing supportive services to prevent individuals from repeated episodes of homelessness.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

This grant will support our Housing Program for the Homeless. The Bright Path Center supports homeless individuals and families looking to successfully transition from homelessness to independent living. Our housing services include Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing, which is critical in assisting them to achieve housing stability. With stable housing, these individuals are placed back on the path to regaining the economic self-sufficiency and independence they had lost.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

The Bright Path Center provides affordable housing, education, and employment services to at-risk populations, homeless individuals, and families. With these services, we hope the people of Los Angeles County with this need will have a better chance at bettering their lives, securing permanent housing, and gaining financial security.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

Bright Path Center staff and volunteers utilize a variety of evaluation tools to measure program success. All services are tracked to ensure efficiency and effectiveness including monitoring frequency of services provided (at all locations). All recipients of service are asked to complete pre and post surveys to measure progress and personal impact. This data allows Bright Path Center to evaluate existing assistance programs, develop appropriate objectives and conduct performance measures.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 2,500

Indirect Impact: 250