LA’s HOPE combined supported employment and supportive housing to address the needs of people experiencing chronic homelessness and mental illness.
LA’s HOPE participants received temporary housing and help securing rental assistance and more permanent housing. Mental health services were also available. Once housed, LA’s HOPE case managers connected participants to a workforce development center; the case manager, workforce development staff, and mental health agency staff helped the participant prepare for employment. Program activities were tailored to participants’ needs and included ongoing vocational assessments, training, access to uniforms and equipment, work-readiness activities, supported employment, and job retention support.
LA’s HOPE services were available to individuals who were experiencing chronic homelessness; had been diagnosed with a mental illness, such as schizophrenia or affective disorder; and were interested in housing and employment.
LA’s HOPE was implemented in Los Angeles, CA, by a collaboration between multiple county offices and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.