The Westwood Transitional Village is a 40-unit residential housing facility that provides support services for homeless families. Families can spend up to two years at Westwood while they stabilize and acquire the skills needed for independent living. Approximately 150 individuals live at The Village at all times; with families of veterans making up forty percent of the residential population, and two thirds of the total population being children. The Westwood ‘campus' includes administrative offices and a community center, as well as an adjacent child development center. The Bessie Pregerson Child Development Center provides licensed childcare to residents as well as low-income families from the surrounding area.
During their time at the Westwood Transitional Village, clients are able to addresses the physical, emotional and financial needs of their family, while helping them on the road to independence. Referrals for services are available via a network of educational, legal, financial, governmental and housing community resources. Residents are also encouraged to pursue referrals to off-site networking agencies such as Connections for Children, Employment Development Department, Venice Skills Center and Consumer Credit Counseling.
Most residents are graduates of Salvation Army programs, foster care, short-term transitional housing or emergency shelter in the Los Angeles area. These families are not fully prepared to be independent, and need supportive services to transition into long-term independent living situations. At Westwood, each of these families is able to reside in a furnished 1-4 bedroom apartment, with 1- 2 bathrooms, a private entrance and either a small front yard or balcony. All residents participate in a case management plan for the duration of their stay, and supportive services are coordinated by a professional staff. Services include a licensed psychologist, high-level case managers, employment development assistance and coordination of recreational activities.
Westwood Transitional Village's supportive housing program works with families to overcome the barriers to homelessness. The stability of transitional housing helps families make the life changes necessary to become independent productive members of society. Each adult family member sets specific goals with their caseworker and is required to go to school or work full-time. Residents also participate in required savings programs which help them put aside money for important milestones towards independent living. These milestones include: a security deposit and first and last months rent for their own apartment, or the funds to purchase a used car for transportation to work. Other services include:
- Intensive counseling and case management - Spiritual and psychological counseling
- Educational training - Parenting, life skills, art therapy and financial budgeting classes
- Employment placement assistance - Career development services
- Medical services - Including, a bi-monthly medical clinic run by UCLA interns
- On-site child-care - Supportive care for children, that strengthens the stability of the entire family
- Housing assistance - Transitional housing on-site and referrals to permanent supportive housing
- Academic tutoring - Individual tutoring services are provided by "School on Wheels", a non profit Malibu-based organization whose purpose is to address the educational instability of homeless children. There is also classroom-style tutoring available through Century LIFT.
- Specialized Teen groups
The Westwood Transitional Village has a wonderful partnership with the Topanga Women's Circle. This organization is comprised of women who volunteer their time to help families who are in need. They do this by providing furnishings for temporary housing that our clients can take with them when they establish permanent housing. Their program has provided our facility with new and like-new items, turning our apartments into homes. The Topanga Women's circle has helped create an environment of comfort, warmth, and dignity. We are truly grateful for their help with giving our deserving clients a place they can truly call home.
To learn more about The Topanga Women's Circle or to see photos of the improvements they have made to our facility, please click here.
Be part of helping someone less fortunate in your community this year, by making an in-kind donation. Many of The Salvation Army's social service programs and community centers have an insufficient amount of various basic needs and personal care items. For questions regarding the Wish List, please contact: Doris Hall-Turner at Doris.Hall-Turner@usw.salvationarmy.org.