Upward Bound House purchased the Sun Bay Motel, located in Culver City, and converted the motel into an emergency shelter for families with minor children. Family Shelter provides short-term housing for families in crisis. In addition to secure, safe accommodations for each family, the program features intensive wrap-around case management, counseling, a food program and other stabilization services.
Project highlights include:
- 18 units of emergency shelter for children and their families, plus two units for on-site staff, representing 60 new beds.
- Family shelter serves approximately 240 children and their parents each year, becoming a significant resource in the region's effort to place vulnerable children in safe, dignified housing.
- Capital funding for the project came from a diverse array of public and private sources, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Mark Ridley-Thomas, the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, and the State of CA.
- Family Shelter is based on UBH's successful Family Place transitional housing program.
- Before being selected to participate in UBH's emergency family shelter, all applicants undergo a thorough screening process at another location. In-take partners include the Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), St. Joseph Center, among others.
- Leading interior designers from across Los Angeles designed and furnished all 18 units - pro bono - creating dignified and comfortable living spaces. Volunteers are needed on a forward going basis to support the families by donating basic necessities (linens, hygiene products, etc).