Housing Families

SPA 8 Coordinate Entry System for Families (CESF)

What is CESF?Shelter 2.2.18

The CESF is a network of providers that assist homeless families in Los Angeles County. The providers work together to assist families with housing and service plans.  The goal to keep families united and within their community during a traumatic time of homelessness.

What will Harbor Interfaith do?

Harbor Interfaith Services has been selected to be the Lead Agency in Service Provider Area (SPA) 8.  To further discuss referral process for homeless families, please contact the HUB where you are located.
SPA 8 CESF will collect the basic information:

  • Name of contact;
  • Family make up (how many adults and children);
  • A phone number where they can be reached;
  • Last zip code where the family was housed and
  • Who the family stayed with last


Households with a minor child, mother is in her third trimester of pregnancy and if a mother is diagnosed with a “high risk” pregnancy may qualify.  To be eligible for any service through the CESF, a household seeking assistance must:

  • Meet the definition of a family.
  • Must be facing a housing crisis.

Because the CESF helps families connect with the most appropriate resource for which they are eligible, there may be additional eligibility criteria which the household may be required to meet.  Eligibility for sponsored rapid re-housing or prevention assistance is based on the following three conditions:

  • Homeless or imminently at-risk of homelessness.
  • A family consisting of one or more minor children in the legal custody of one or two adults.
  • Income at or below 30% Area Median Income.

Need Help?

Call 310-831-0589

The Emergency Family Shelter

No walk-ins, please.

The shelter offers homeless families housing for up to ninety days. While at the shelter, families agree to save 80 percent of their income in order to secure permanent housing.

The head of households meet with a case manager and are required to attend workshops on various topics, including budgeting, parenting and proper nutrition. The head of household receive assistance on resume writing, interview techniques, and free or reduced-cost childcare.

Program Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in the CESF
  • Have a minor child (under 18 years of age)
  • A minimum of one year of sobriety (If applicable)
  • Attend mandatory workshops
  • Mandatory 80% savings of all income


Accelerated Learning & Living Program (A.L.L.)

No Walk-ins, please.

The Accelerated Learning and Living (A.L.L.) transitional housing and job development program offers 12 to 18 months of affordable and independent living.

The 24-unit, three story, apartment complex, includes 21 one-bedroom units and 3 two-bedroom units. Additional amenities include: indoor courtyard, private parking, and a laundry room on each of the three floors.

Families enrolled in the A.L.L. program receive assistance with locating permanent housing and financial management techniques while they focus on accomplishing their educational and career goals.

Supportive Services

  • Mandatory, weekly case management
  • Mandatory Life Skills seminars
  • Tuition/textbook assistance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • Food assistance
  • Counseling referrals
  • Advocacy
  • Permanent housing resources, referrals, AND placement
  • Desk-top computer, printer, and internet access in every unit

Program Requirements

  • Homelessness
  • Have at least one minor child (under 18)
  • GED/High School Diploma
  • Be enrolled in a higher
    educational program (college or trade school)
  • No recent domestic violence
  • Have a minimum of one year sobriety (if applicable)

Intake Process

The intake process consists of the following:

  • Initial telephone screening to determine eligibility

Required Documents

  • Program Application
  • Homeless Documentation
  • Criminal release
  • Drivers license or state identification card
  • Identification for adults
  • Credit check release
  • Social security card for all members of household
  • Birth certificate for children
  • Proof of income:  (Notice of Action, Pay Stub Letter from employer)
  • College Transcripts
  • HS/GED/College)
  • Current class schedule
  • Immunization Record
  • Recent TB skin test