People lose their housing for many reasons, which is why we need to have different solutions that meet the needs of those we are trying to serve.
While LASA focuses on the needs of families we also provide services to singles.
PSH is dedicated to families where the Head of Household has a qualifying disability, as well the family must be considered Chronically Homeless.
This model is dedicated to permanent housing where a family can stay while paying approximately 30% of their adjusted gross income towards rent. Supportive services focus on helping the family maintain their housing. Sometimes there is a possibility that a disability can be overcome in which case the case manager works with the family on education and/or employment goals.
We are frequently asked how long a family can stay in PSH. The answer is they can stay forever as long as they continue to follow their lease agreement. Occasionally we need to say goodbye to someone who increases their income to the point they no longer qualify. That is always a time to celebrate.
LASA also owns nine units of housing including 2 bedroom duplexes, as well as 3 and 4 bedroom single family homes. These units are eligible to low income families experiencing homelessness. The family must be able to receive an income in order to pay the rent, which is typically 30-40% below market rate.
LASA does not maintain a waiting list. Most of our openings are listed through Coordinated Entry
3 to 4 times a year LASA is able to help families and individuals that have received a notice that they must pay rent or vacate. The household may be provided with referrals to other services they need. LASA does not provide case management with rental assistance.
LASA’s emergency shelter is different than many emergency shelters. LASA’s units are turn-key apartments. This means that after we admit a family the the shelter they have their own 2 bedroom apartment for 30 days.
This comes with a case manager who helps the family move to permanent housing. Meanwhile the family pays nothing for the service, and is able to save towards their future home.
LASA offers individuals and families hygiene products, diapers/ wipes, socks, coats and other essential needs from our Essential Needs Closet.