What We Do
We solve the unique issues children experiencing homelessness face that prevent them from seeing and living into their full potential.
PHA deploys a long-term onsite intervention model for children & youth experiencing homelessness who face obstacles that prevent them from accessing resources, being a kid and achieving educational & life goals.
We work one-on-one with them placing full time case managers on elementary, junior high & high school campuses (post high school case management is not place based but individual) identifying homeless students, removing their basic needs barriers like food, clothing, transportation; supply case management, regular check-ins, educational support, stable trusted adult mentors and ‘home’ visits, and connections to needed resources.
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE
OUR MODEL: WHAT WE DO AND HOW WE'RE DIFFERENT
HOMELESS CHILDREN IN THE CONTEXT OF THEIR FAMILIES
Research shows homeless children often become homeless adults
(NOT PRESCRIPTIVE) FAMILY STABILITY & HOUSING
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT (0-24)
ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES
FOCUS ON HOLISTIC NEEDS OF CHILD
ENDING THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS
Eradicating barriers brought on by childhood homelessness
Equipping homeless children with tools to unlock their potential
BRIGHT START K-6
Our Education Program provides our children an online structured, assessment and researched based learning curriculum; the love, mentorship, and support of a caring volunteer; and finally, serves to empower parents with skills and strategies to best advocate for their children in and outside of the classroom.
- Wi-Fi access
- personal weekly tutoring
- Enrichment activities
We are in 32 cities in Orange County, 27 unified School districts and over 90 schools across the County.
PROMOTOR PATHWAY Grade 7 and to age 24
Knowing that a homeless youth without a high school diploma is 346% more likely to become a homeless adult; we’ve built out the Promotor Pathway Program which sees our kids past high school graduation onto and through college or technical training that will provide them the foundation they need to be financially independent adults. A Promotor is a professional intensive case manager who also acts as a combination of a youth development worker, advocate, and a mentor who continues to support and guide youth all the way through early adulthood. They provide one-on-one intensive support and are available on site at Junior High and High School campuses as well as 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Promotors support and provide:
- Education assistance: tutoring, computers, wi-fi, books, etc.
- Food, clothing
- Guidance to improve relationships and conflict resolution
- Mental health referrals
- Support finding employment and more
We rapidly re-house working homeless families into safe, stable, permanent homes and equip them with the support and resources needed to become financially self-sufficient. Our case managers work intensely in the progress of the children and with the families to meet their unique needs and help them achieve goals, such as increased income. Additionally, we assist with transportation and grant families access to our food pantry. Each family that enters the program is required to enroll in a mandated financial literacy course.