They come seeking shelter – or a haven – from domestic violence. Over 2,000 victims a year end up at Haven Hills for emergency intervention, housing and supportive services.
One of the oldest and largest domestic violence organizations in Los Angeles, they see levels of homelessness and domestic violence rising each year.
Recently the board broke ground on Haven 1, a renovation project that will provide Haven Hills the ability to provide 10% more services per year, which could represent a 10% increase in bed nights provided.
Critical repairs slated to be completed include renovation of all client apartment units, replacing the roof, repairing the asphalt, upgrading the AC units, renovating the common area and landscaping. Additionally, the project will improve and expand client services through ensuring Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and will provide six months of housing and supportive services to unaccompanied single victims of domestic violence.
The program is intended to be facilitated from and operate in a six-unit, 2,600-square-foot facility, which provides confidential and secure shelter for low-income or homeless individual domestic violence victims. Funding for the capital improvements came from Councilmember Blumenfield, Senator Henry Stern and Kaiser Permanente.
For more information on Haven Hills and its programs, or to donate to the organization, visit havenhills.org or call (818) 887-7481. If you know someone who needs to escape domestic violence, Haven Hills hotline is (818) 887-6589 and the national domestic violence hotline is (800) 799-7233.