LifeArk Selected as a Winner for LA County Homeless Initiative's First-Ever Housing Innovation Challenge

The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative announced the winners of its first-ever Housing Innovation Challenge Friday, awarding $4.5M in total funding for innovative housing solutions addressing homelessness in LA County. The Homeless Initiative has awarded five winners after receiving over 50 proposals that were rigorously evaluated by a panel of experts. LifeArk was selected to receive $1M in funding for its pilot project to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals stepped-down from Illumination Foundation’s Recuperative Care Program. Illumination Foundation will provide intensive case management services (ICMS) support including life skills classes, substance use disorder (SUD) groups, and connections to community resources essential to long-term housing and health stability.

These novel yet practical solutions will allow the county and its private sector partners to scale up compassion and innovation in a thoughtful manner.
— Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County
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The Challenge was issued at a critical juncture in the countywide movement to combat and prevent homelessness. While our collective efforts are moving in the right direction, this was a unique opportunity to solicit new approaches and continue to advance our efforts to help people move from homelessness to housing.
— Phil Ansell, Director - LA County Homeless Initiative

Other winners include Brooks + Scarpa Architects Inc., FlyawayHomes, LLC, Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles (RNLA), and United Dwelling, LLC. Meet all the winners and their proposals here.

View LifeArk’s full proposal here.