People Assisting The Homeless
New Apartment for Homeless Venice Resident Demonstrates Successof “Roadmap to Housing” Program
Rosendahl and Agency Officials Help Tenant Move from Vehicle to a New HomeVENICE – A groundbreaking program designed to move people living in theirvehicles into permanent housing will celebrate a milestone Thursday when 65-year-old Alfred Adkins moves into his new apartment.
Adkins has been homeless living in a vehicle for 10 years, mostly on the streets of Venice, which he hascalled home since he was 11 years old. On Thursday, Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, PeopleAssisting The Homeless (PATH), the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), and the HousingAuthority of the City of L.A. (HACLA) will help Alfred move into his own Venice apartment."I feel like I won the lottery! I feel like a normal person with my own apartment. I am very appreciativeand thankful,” said Mr. Adkins.Earlier this year, Rosendahl and LAHSA hired PATH to implement a program to help homeless personsliving in their vehicles in Venice and its surrounding communities, called “A Roadmap to Housing.” Sincethat time, PATH has lined up permanent housing for 35% of the 126 people living in vehicles who areenrolled in the program.“The emphasis of this program has always been on placing people in permanent housing,” saidCouncilmember Rosendahl said. “I see this as a model for the rest of the city.”In April, Rosendahl partnered with HACLA to designate 25 Section 8 housing vouchers for people in theRoadmap to Housing program. The Councilmember also secured additional vouchers through theDepartment of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. Since then, PATH’s staff hasbeen working tirelessly to identify individuals who are eligible for the vouchers and guide them throughthe extensive application, interview and placement process.Adkins is the second person to be placed in housing. Earlier this month, a 50- year-old woman washoused through the program. She and her dog had been living in the Venice area in her vehicle for 10years.
August 16, 2011 Contact: Jeremy SidellFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (310) 977-7866 firstname.lastname@example.org