SOH eliminates intergenerational poverty by promoting the value of higher education and housing stabilization. We serve vulnerable Transition Age Youth (TAY), ages 16-25, who have diverse histories of foster care, probation, homelessness, and being at-risk. We provide life coaching, mentoring, independent living, college access and retention, emergency services, and financial assistance with the sole purpose of helping our youth and young adults to become self-sufficient.
SOH was established 2010 by a group of South Los Angeles professionals who were frustrated by the lack and unmet need of youth homelessness in the south area of Los Angeles, California. With very few or no alternatives for emergency and transitional housing and education services to intervene in their time of crisis, many of these youth were succumbing to street life – homelessness, gangs, unplanned pregnancies, substance abuse, and sexual exploitation.
Since our inception, we have helped over 3,500 youth and young adults with housing, education, basic needs, and leadership development services.