Los Angeles House of Ruth serves homeless and battered women and their children. Our clients include pregnant women, large fatherless families, non-English speaking mothers, and women who are not eligible for emergency human services. One hundred percent of the service population lives below the federal poverty level. The average age of the woman we serve is 26 years old and the average number of children in the families we serve is 2.5. Although the only criteria we require of women in order to attain our services is that they currently are homeless, the vast majority of the women aided have been the victims of domestic and/or sexual violence, and 97% of our clients are women of color. Approximately 76% of those served each year are Latino, 21% are African-American, and 3% are Caucasian.
Why Los Angeles House of Ruth?
Los Angeles has long been known for the unfortunate distinction of being a city with one of the largest homeless populations in the nation. The 2011 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Report revealed that the county hosts 51,340 homeless people every night. Even more staggering is the fact that 62% of these homeless are unsheltered – meaning they have no place to go! This number is unacceptable and is why we strive to meet the needs of our community by increasing the number of families we serve, providing all resources necessary for them to reach self-sufficiency, and maintaining best practices to prevent a return to homelessness once they have completed the program.
What have we accomplished?
During the last fiscal year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012), LAHR provided shelter, food and clothing to close to 180 women and children, emergency food and clothing to 90 families, case management services to 66 families, and referrals for emergency services to over 500 individuals.