Los Angeles has the highest number of unsheltered people in the country. The Skid Row Housing Trust in downtown Los Angeles provides not only housing for the homeless but innovative solutions to keeping them off the streets. In 1989 The Skid Row Housing Trust began restoring and preserving single room occupancy housing in the downtown area. Currently, the Trust focuses on new construction projects while collaborating with renowned architects including Michael Maltzan Architecture, and Brooks + Scarpa Architecture. By utilizing design techniques to provide natural lighting, open courtyards, and semi-public spaces, the Trust fosters a sense of community within its buildings. Residents have the option to attend various job training, mental health, and art classes throughout the buildings, which help the tenants transition from living on the streets. With the use of intelligent building design, community classes, and wrap around health services, The Skid Row Housing Trust offers effective solutions to fighting homelessness with a proven track record. The portfolio of buildings that the Trust owns is steadily expanding, using a model that can be replicated in any city.
Thanks to Myles Kramer for this video that captures the essence of Skid Row Housing Trust.
Snow is a resident of Skid Row Housing Trust in Downtown Los Angeles. She is one of the most gentle, fearless, caring people you may ever meet. After a cancer diagnosis, she lost her job of over twenty years and ultimately lost her home when no one would hire her due to her lack of diversity in work experience and her disability. Snow was eventually referred to Skid Row Housing Trust’s Star Apartments where she is writing a new chapter in her life in a supportive Trust community. She is just one of the more than 1,800 residents who has found a safe, dignified, home with us and a reminder that anyone – absolutely anyone – can experience homelessness.
The Trust has is celebrating its 25 year anniversary. This film features the work we do, some of the residents we serve, and our philosophy. Please take a moment to watch this film and get to know us a little better. Housing First: Homes. Support. Success.
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A short version of our 25th Anniversary film. Thank you to everyone who has made our past 25 years possible. Permanent Supportive housing is a solution to homelessness!
In a film by LMU students, Skid Row Housing Trust residents dispel some of the myths about homelessness and homeless people.
Paul Mitchel, former resident of the Olympia Apartments, talks about being homeless and shows where he used to live.
Karen Burton, former resident of our Abbey Apartments tells her story of overcoming drug addiction and homelessness.
Tony Osborne, resident of the St. George Hotel Apartments and one of our ambassadors, tells his story of loss, addiction and recovery
5 Minutes! Thats how long it takes to stack a new apartment in place at the Star Apartments. This is a very cool video of one of the Star Apartments – being hoisted into place! It has only been 36 days since the first apartment was lifted up to its final home. Of the 102 new apartments, only a handful are left to be stacked! The hand held video is less than 5 minutes long. Enjoy and please share!
Created by residents and for residents, the Trust’s New Resident Boot Camp is designed to give new residents an introduction to living in a Skid Row Housing Trust building. This is a candid – unscripted look at life from the only perspective that counts – our residents.
Produced and directed by Akili Shine for Propaganda Champs