live Winner / 2021
The Shower of Hope
Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by End Homelessness California DBA the Shower of Hope
With over 66,000 individuals experiencing homelessness in LA County, The Shower of Hope aims to not only provide shower services to assist individuals experiencing homelessness, but also to build community resource hubs in partnership with other service provider agencies (mental health, substance abuse recovery, housing) where individuals in need can receive hygiene, meals, dignity, and a path out of homelessness.
In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?
- County of Los Angeles
What is the problem that you are seeking to address?
Los Angeles is home to one of the largest communities of individuals experiencing homelessness; when people lose a home it’s more than the loss of a roof over their heads. For many, experiencing means losing access to sanitation and hygiene, which leads to a lack of self-worth and lowered sense of dignity which in itself creates another obstacle towards ending their cycle of homelessness.
Describe the project, program, or initiative that this grant will support to address the problem identified.
With the Shower of Hope, we believe in the importance and power of having access to a shower for not just sanitation and health purposes, but in building a sense of self-respect and dignity that is critical to building a path out of homelessness. Working within the communities we operate in, we ensure that every unhoused guest who comes to our shower sites has access to meals, clothing, showers, hygiene items, and most importantly, case management. Through our 25 community resource hubs, rather than an unhoused individual having to navigate a difficult network of public transportation and service centers, our community hubs serve to bring the services, hygiene and dignity to our unhoused Angelenos. A $100,000 grant would allow us to open two new community resource hubs in service deprived areas of LA County allowing us to serve an additional 80 Angelenos weekly.
In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?Applying a proven model or solution to a new issue or sector (e.g., using a job recruiting software or strategy to match clients to supportive housing sites, applying demonstrated strategies from advocating for college affordability to advocating for housing affordability and homelessness, etc.)
Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?
- Direct impact
- Indirect impact
Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.
Since our launch back in 2017, we have expanded operations across LA county and the wider Southern California region to provide services to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. At over 3,000 showers a month, we have provided 36,000 showers to individuals experiencing homelessness in 2020 in the wider LA region. Despite these numbers, we know there is work to do to continue to provide direct access and care for Angelenos experiencing homelessness. LA2050, by helping us fund 2 new shower sites, can help expand access to those 66,000 individuals. In the long term when our work is successful, we will be able to not only provide individuals experiencing homelessness with showers, but dignity that showers can entail. Through our community engagement, we believe that our shower sites can become a critical spoke in connecting case managers with individuals experiencing homelessness to build an effective solution towards ending homelessness in our county.
What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?
As of the first quarter of 2021, we have partnered with Occidental College’s Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice to examine the impact and well being of guests at 6-7 of our shower sites in order to fully gauge their behavior and the impact of our services. We measure a wide range of KPIs to understand and measure success in the following areas: Distance travelled to attend a shower site Self-reported satisfaction before and after a shower Reported statements on next action (e.g. are you going to see a case manager after the shower?) We also measure success by daily showers provided at each side in order to gauge how many individuals we are able to provide showers with on a daily and monthly basis. We want to ensure that we are setting our Organization up where we are truly needed and where we can meet our unhoused neighbors who have been overlooked.
Which of the live metrics will you impact?
- Local water
Indicate any additional LA2050 goals your project will impact.
- LA is the healthiest place to CONNECT