During the extended Winter Shelter Program, First to Serve had provided services for both Shatto Park and Pan Pacific Park. With the new demobilization support from LAHSA, the agency was able to get support for placing people experiencing homelessness (PEH) into long term programs.
By May 28, 2021, all of the 116 people experiencing homelessness across both sites (43 people from Shatto Park and 73 people from Pan Pacific Park) had been connected to various interim housing and crisis housing programs through First to Serve's innovation and hard work, beginning their first steps toward permanent housing. LAHSA’s Project Roomkey team was instrumental in assisting with placements at both sites, and with help from LAHSA’s case conferencing and the Mayor’s office, their demobilizations were a success.
A Letter from First to Serve
Serving the homeless community through the LAHSA Winter Shelter program has been a great honor. On behalf of myself and First to Serve, we want to thank you for providing us the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness. When I first joined the Winter Shelter Team, I was in awe of the various organizations collaborating to help vulnerable Angelenos. Seeing the successes, big and small, and the smiles on clients’ faces is the most enjoyable reward one can ask for. As our clients continue their progression towards obtaining permanent housing, we want to wish them the very best on their journeys moving forward.
COVID-19 was challenging for everyone, and without the support and collective effort of LAHSA and the Parks and Recreation staff, we would not have been able to facilitate the Winter Shelter so seamlessly. The continued support we provided for our clients to regain stability was the driving force for me to come to work every day.
We hope to change many more lives in the future and again want to thank everyone for this opportunity.
– Tamzid Rashid, First to Serve