While some organizations only serve a particular audience, Weingart Center serves the entire homeless population. We have; however, recognized that particular sub-populations have different needs. In order to improve the rate of success, we tailor the services dedicated to the following groups:
- Women: Women who find themselves homeless often face particular challenges. Many are homeless in part because they fled a domestic violence situation. When on the street, they are more vulnerable to assault and rape. In order to create an ideal environment to foster recovery from trauma, the Weingart Center provides an exclusively female zone, where our Women’s Renaissance program provides transitional housing. This is also where our female DPSS clients reside.
- Veterans: Unfortunately, our Veterans, who have put their lives on the line for us, are over represented in the Homeless populations. Rates of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder are high, and many have physical disabilities as well. This is why Weingart Center offers Veterans Transitional Housing, where homeless Veterans have up to two years to address their physical and mental health, get training in an employable skill, find a job, and secure permanent housing.
- People in Recovery: The 2011 Homeless Count estimates that a third of the homeless population has one or more substance use disorders. Whether the cause of their addiction, there is significant need for effective recovery services integrated with homeless services. Since inception, Weingart Center has offered on-site substance abuse treatment, including residential programs.
- Re-entry: 135,000 people are imprisoned by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; more than a third are expected to be paroled to Los Angeles County. Another 20,000 are incarcerated in Los Angeles County jails, and about 30,000 people in community supervision (parole and probation) live in Los Angeles County. Many are released with no home to go to, no job prospects, and no support network. As a result, many end up homeless, which can lead them to resume their former lives of crime. Weingart Center provides housing and employment services to the re-entry population through our EPIC and AB109 programs to help prevent a return to crime and incarceration.
- Families and children: While fortunately at low prevalence on Skid Row, an estimated 10,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County are in families with minor children. Weingart Center has formed a collaborative effort to take our comprehensive model and apply it to meeting the needs of homeless families, to address their challenges while ensuring that children remain in school and parents remain able to care for their children. Our Family Solutions Center is located at 11502 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles Ca. 90044 Unit D.