Accomplishments

Institutional

  • In 2016, Harbor Interfaith Services (HIS) was named “Nonprofit of the Year” for the 70th California Assembly District.
  • In 2014, HIS early childhood instructor, Connie Smith, was awarded Teacher of the Year by Los Angeles Universal Preschool, publicly demonstrating that homeless children deserve — and can receive — quality learning experiences.
  • In 2013, the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce named HIS its Nonprofit of the Year.

Accelerated Learning & Living Program (Transitional Housing)

  • Ninety (90) percent of program graduates maintained their residences for six months after completing program.
  • Forty-eight (48) percent saw an increase in income.
  • Twenty (20) percent completed vocational training and/or a GED.
  • Eighty-two (82) clients graduate per year; 1,700, in all in the program’s first year in 1997.
  • Over seventy-four (74) percent (1,260) of the graduates became socially and financially independent.
  • Eighty (80) percent attained at least two of the individual/family goals developed through the case management process.

Coordinated Entry System for Individuals and Transitional Age Youth (CESI)

  • CESI began on July 1, 2014 and since that time (May 25, 2016), 437 chronically homeless individuals have been placed in permanent housing.
  • Forty-one (41) percent of the placements were homeless Veterans.
  • Ninety three (93) percent have retained their housing.
  • September 2014 we developed a partnership with Century Villages at Cabrillo (Long Beach).  The 27-acre campus has 572 units of housing.  We obtained 15 units of permanent supportive housing and eight of the 15 residents have lived there over one year.
  • CESI started its collaborative work with four other housing provider organizations.  We are now partnered with 36 providers in our region.

Children’s Center

  • Served 134 children in 2015, ages six weeks through school-age.
  • Anecdote: Half of our school-age children in the after school program have been with us since the preschool years.

Shelter and Coordinated Entry System for Families (CESF)

  • The facility has 20 units that are consistently 95 percent occupied.
  • Helped with move-in costs, rent, furnishings, utility deposits, and arrears.
  • Year one, placed 110 families into permanent housing; 92% of the families have retained their housing.
  • Second year, placed 186 into permanent housing; 100% of the families have retained their housing.

Family Resource Center (Helping South Bay’s Homeless and Working Poor)

  • In 2015, we provided 31,000 services to 10,400 South Bay individuals individuals.
  • Forty-eight (48) percent of the clients increased their income.
  • Twenty (20) percent of the clients completed vocational training or earned a GED.