Hope the Mission was founded by Ken Craft, who still serves as CEO of the organization today.
Hope the Mission began as a small outreach program run out of San Pablo Lutheran Church in Sun Valley where volunteers cooked and served hot meals to homeless men, women, and children.
Hope the Mission is a leading provider of housing and homeless services in Los Angeles. By the end of Q3 2023, Hope will have 18 housing facilities providing nearly 2,300 beds nightly. Hope strives to provide a full continuum of care starting with Outreach and Engagement, Interim Housing and now moving into Permanent Supportive Housing. Hope also provides mental health services, recovery programs, childcare services, case management, housing navigation, and job training/placement.
The list of our facilities grows each year, please see below for the most up-to-date list of Hope the Mission’s Facilities:
Tiny Home Villages:
Bridge Housing Shelters:
Substance Abuse Recovery Center:
Transitional Age Youth Facility:
When Hope was established 14 years ago, we were primarily serving the San Fernando Valley. As Los Angeles faces the growing humanitarian crisis of homelessness, our reach has expanded beyond the San Fernando Valley. We changed our name and rebranded in late 2022 to accurately reflect the breadth and expansion of our service to the larger Los Angeles community. While we have a new name, we still believe that everybody and everything deserves a second chance and remain focused on the spiritual, emotional, physical, relationship, occupational, and financial needs of our clients.
Including our 5 Thrift Stores and all shelter locations, Hope the Mission currently employs approximately 550 people.
Yes. Many former clients and residents of Hope the Mission were formally homeless. From being on the outreach team to case managers, Hope the Mission believes that those who have lived experience help guide our organization to effective strategies and services that help unhoused individuals get off the streets and on the path to healing and housing.
In addition to housing, hot meals, showers, and laundry services, our sites also offer Case Management, Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Treatment, Job Training/Placement and more permanent Housing Placement services.
In partnership with addiction specialists such as Tarzana Treatment Center, Hope offers Substance treatment at all of our sites.
Additionally, our John E. White House of Hope is a 12-bed, 9-month men’s alcohol and substance abuse recovery program in Arleta. It is a structured work-therapy program where participants gain real-world job experience and training in our Culinary Program preparing meals for our clients and working at our Thrift Stores and at the HELP Center.
Participants also perform custodial duties at our administrative offices in Pacoima. During non-work hours, men participate in specialized, holistic, spiritual recovery programming grounded in Judeo-Christian tenets.
Hope the Mission is a 501c3 organization that receives its funding from generous donors and community donations. Additionally Hope the Mission has applied for and received grants from government institutions at the city, county, and state levels.
Our recently opened Alvarado Family Shelter and 818 Hotel were built in partnership with Los Angeles County and the State of California through the state’s HomeKey program.
Hope the Mission executives participate in these experiences to raise awareness about homelessness. By doing something that will, hopefully, catch the attention of the media, our executive will have a platform to amplify Hope’s goals. This platform is used to talk about the homelessness crisis and fundraise so that our organization has the resources needed to house more individuals.
Tiny Home Villages are communities of Tiny Homes. Tiny Homes are an innovative, affordable, and scalable solution to this humanitarian crisis. Unlike traditional shelter or affordable housing projects, tiny homes take a short time to build and assemble, at a fraction of the cost. Each 64 sq. ft. tiny home has two beds and is equipped with heat, air-conditioning, windows, a small desk, and a front door.
In these villages, the community members are provided meals, showers, and laundry services. Each resident also receives case management, housing navigation, mental health, and job training and placement.
Bridge Housing provides temporary housing where unhoused individuals are offered service-enriched programs to help them rebuild their lives, find a job, and move off the streets permanently.
In addition to housing, supportive services offered also include case management, mental health services, substance abuse treatments, and more permanent housing placement services. There are also hot meals served, showers, and laundry services.
No. We provide storage bins for our residents to keep their belongings in when they stay in our facilities. They have access to those storage bins and can often bring some of their belongings inside depending on space. If they leave one of our facilities, they are able to keep all of their items from their storage bin.
Yes. At our tiny home villages and our shelters, we have dog runs. We know that if we don’t allow pets, we are telling individuals their family members aren’t welcome. We have found that many would rather sleep on the street than abandon their beloved four-legged loved ones. Hope is pet friendly!
We do not sponsor or endorse political candidates. We meet with our elected officials to keep them informed of Los Angeles growing homelessness crisis and have worked on several successful collaborations (e.g. our Tiny Home Villages, Alvarado Family Shelter) with government officials. Any work conducted in partnership with an elected official is bipartisan and without any specific party-affiliation.