Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. has awarded $1 million to 15 Southern California nonprofit to address affordable housing in Los Angeles.
Grant funds will pay for an outcomes evaluation to measure the efficacy of a resident service program at Bonnie Brae Senior Village. Bonnie Brae Senior Village is a 92-unit permanent supportive housing project located near downtown Los Angeles. The community is home to a blended population of low-income seniors and formerly homeless seniors with mental illness. Programs at Bonnie Brae are specifically designed to meet residents’ unique needs. After nearly 2 ½ years in operation, there is now enough data to evaluate the program’s impact on participants.
An outcomes evaluation facilitated by a third party will: 1) Determine the program’s effectiveness for allowing formerly homeless seniors to retain housing in addition to maintaining a high level of physical, mental, and emotional health; 2) Inform program modifications and improvements; 3) Strengthen the program’s sustainability by positioning it for funding beyond the expiration of existing resources; and 4) Establish which aspects of the program are promising practices worthy of replication. ALA will share lessons learned with developers and service providers dealing with the challenges of residents who are aging in place in permanent supportive housing that was not originally designated for seniors.
ALA is grateful for the ongoing support of Enterprise Community Partners.