Northeast LA Winter Shelter Transitions to New Management

Ascencia partners with volunteer-run Recycled Resources to operate 30 bed shelter

Los Angeles, CA (January 20, 2016) 

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) has contracted with Ascencia to manage the Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Winter Shelter operating at All Saints Episcopal Church in Highland Park.  The 30 bed shelter has been operated for nearly a month by volunteers organized by Recycled Resources, a nonprofit organization in Northeast Los Angeles.  Under this contract, it becomes part of LAHSA’s expanded network of winter shelters that have opened in response to forecasts of extreme weather.

LAHSA also increased Ascencia’ winter shelter program in Glendale from 80 beds to 100 beds, as shelter demand has risen in recent weeks.

In the NELA arrangement, LAHSA has contracted with Ascencia to hire the staff and manage the program.  Recycled Resources will continue to recruit volunteers and donations of food and clothing for the program participants.

“We are very pleased to assist Recycled Resources in realizing their goal for a community-based homeless program.  As the City and County of Los Angeles renew their efforts to address homelessness, our partnership signifies an important step in reaching out to underserved communities with high levels of need. We are grateful to Father Clarke Prescott of All Saints Episcopal Church, Councilman Huizar for supplying the bridge funding for Recycled Resources, Councilman Cedillo for supporting our use of this site in the 1st Council district, and LAHSA for working with us to make this possible.”  Natalie Komuro, Ascencia Executive Director

Both winter shelter programs will operate through March 31st.

Ascencia is a nonprofit organization that operates a range of programs year-round, including emergency housing and permanent supportive housing in Glendale.  Its outreach team operates in Glendale, Burbank and in partnership with Recycled Resources, in Northeast Los Angeles.  For more information about Ascencia, www.ascenciaCA.org.

Recycled Resources is a nonprofit organization operating in Northeast Los Angeles, with the mission to improve the lives of our neighbors without homes through outreach, engagement, and advocating for services.  For more information about Recycled Resources:  www.recycledresources.org.

Questions regarding program management:  Natalie Profant Komuro, Executive Director, Ascencia (818) 246-7900, ext. 118

Questions regarding volunteering, and donated goods:  Rebecca Prine, Founder and Volunteer Director, Recycled Resources (323) 697-0001

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