LAHSA Contract Covers 75% of Expanded Operations – Fundraising Underway
Bridge to Home, the primary homeless services provider in the Santa Clarita Valley, is excited to announce that they have secured a Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) contract in the amount of $840,000 which will fund 60 beds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This means those experiencing homelessness in our community will now have access to shelter and resources year round by September 15th.
The funds from this new contract cover 75% of the cost of the expansion. Therefore, Bridge to Home is launching a significant fundraising campaign to fill the gap and provide the services and resources needed in Santa Clarita. There is an immediate need for $100,000 now and an additional $150,000 in the next few months – for a total of $250,000 by September 30, 2019. If you, or your organization, can help fill this need, please visit btohome.org to donate now.
“This is a critical time, when we have the potential to make a true and lasting impact on homelessness in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Bridge to Home Executive Director Michael Foley. “These funds, awarded by LAHSA, are the boost we needed. I urge all of you, whether you are long term supporter or looking to give back to your community, to consider donating to Bridge to Home. Your support will make an enormous difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.”
Until this year, Bridge to Home operated a 60 bed emergency winter shelter that was only open overnight. Beginning this March, thanks to funding from Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Bridge to Home was able to keep their doors open and provide 45 beds. Now, thanks to this contract, as of September 1, 2019, Bridge to Home will never need to close their doors again and will be able to provide 60 beds for 60 individuals in our community who need assistance and resources to get back into permanent housing. Bridge to Home will accept people in crisis situations who need immediate shelter, as well as those who are already on the path to secure permanent housing.
“I want to say thank you to Supervisor Kathryn Barger, her staff, the Santa Clarita City Council and staff, and all of our community volunteers for supporting Bridge to Home,” said Board President Peggy Edwards. “This truly has been a community-wide effort to reach this point and the Bridge to Home Board extends their deepest gratitude to those who made our goal of a year round shelter a reality.”
There are many ways to donate to Bridge to Home. You can sign up to be a Bridge Builder and donate on a monthly basis, make a one-time donation or sign up to be a Power Sponsor and take advantage of the high profile opportunities to highlight your business while supporting Bridge to Home. For more information please visit www.btohome.org.