Update On Step Up On Second Partnership With Beverly Hills

March 20, 2024 ·

The city of Beverly Hills provided an update on its partnership with the Step Up on Second partnership. Photo courtesy of Laurenz Heymann via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Monday, Mach 18, the Beverly Hills City Council provided an update regarding the city’s partnership with the non-profit organization, ‘Step Up on Second’ that supports and offers rehabilitation to those experiencing homelessness and mental health issues.

The partnership started under the direction of Beverly Hills’ Unhoused Services Ad Hoc Committee which helps place unhoused individuals into 30 permanent supportive housing units, consisting of community-based apartment units owned by independent landlords, scattered across Los Angeles County. The program allows for up to 280 nights of interim housing each year, to place individuals into motels for temporary housing, pending the availability of permanent supportive units.

Since the supportive housing program started on November 16, 2023, 14 of the 30 permanent supportive units have been occupied. Tenants who have been placed have started taking community college courses and are learning to cook and work toward independent living.

“It’s remarkable that we have housed as many people as we’ve housed in such a short period of time,” said Mayor Dr. Julian Gold. “It’s even more remarkable that we’ve sent so many people back to their families. This is only the beginning of what we are going to see with our new community public health program and I think the world will emulate us.”

Individuals who are placed are required to see a Step Up Housing Case Management staff member at least once a week to help them work toward independent living and address mental health concerns. The organization has contracts currently with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) that offers additional support such as therapy, psychiatry, nursing and more.

For additional details about the program visit beverlyhills.org/homelessservices or if there is someone who is unhoused that may need assistance contact (310) 286 – BHOT (2468).

By Trevor

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