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Homeless Connections Initiative


...helping people build skills, self-confidence and support

 News to Note...

We’re pleased to announce the renewal of our Operation Healthy Homecoming for low-income veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The program is funded through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
 

Introduction 

Following our deep commitment to reach out to communities in need of mental health care, MHA has served the Antelope Valley part of our county since 1988. Today, we continue to be the only nonprofit mental health program for adults and young adults with mental illness and homeless people with mental illness.


In this community – often a needy but neglected part of the county – collaboration is the cornerstone of our work. We work closely with others – service systems, elected officials, business and community leaders – to create a cohesive community so the people we serve can find an open, accepting environment and opportunities to achieve their goals. We are fortunate to have a dynamic advisory committee to guide us in these efforts./p>

Services

From our first self-help club, we have built a broad spectrum of services:

  Integrated Services for Adults
In this program, we work one-to-one with adults who have mental illness. We customize a full range of services – mental health care, housing assistance, job training, substance abuse recovery, social skills training and money management – to each individual's goals.
     
  Transition Age Youth Program
We help young people with mental illness ages 17 to 25, many coming from foster care, make a safe and secure transition to adult life. We assist them in locating housing and provide training in daily living skills. We link them to education and help them train for work and find jobs.
     
  Homeless Assistance Program
MHA offers the valley's only service for homeless people with mental illness, including those who have substance abuse problems. Services at our drop-in center meet immediate needs for showers, laundry, clothes, and links to food and shelter. Our long-term assistance in finding housing, learning living skills, and receiving health and mental health treatment is the key to helping individuals move to safety and stability off the streets.
     
  Operation Healthy Homecoming
Located in the Military Resource Center at our service site, this program serves low-income veterans and their families who are homeless or at serious risk of homelessness.  We work to find housing rapidly, fund some urgent needs that may cause or prolong homelessness, and focus on linking individuals to long-term solutions for health, financial, work and other family needs.
     
  Housing
“Housing Plus” pairs our care with housing certificates for low-income, disabled people. We help individuals apply for the certificates, find apartments in the community, move in and be successful in their new homes.
     
  Employment Services
Using a “choose, get, keep” model, we offer a menu of work training, job seeking skills development, employment search and placement and coaching options.
     
  Discovery Center
This is the valley’s first center run by and for people with mental illness. It offers education classes, recovery group meetings, life and work skills training, a resource library, get-togethers at the center and social activities in the community.

Honors

In recognition of our contributions to the community, United Way of Los Angeles' Antelope Valley Region named us "charity of the year" for 1997 and 2001, the same year our valley services director was named "volunteer of the year." In 2002, we were "charity of the year" specifically for work with the Access Center, a collaborative we helped start.

Our Antelope Valley director has been recognized for her leadership. In 2014, she was honored as a "Woman of the Year" by the Los Angeles County Commission on Women. She is the valley's 2003 "Athena Award" winner for professional excellence, community service and mentoring. In 2000, she received special recognition for lifetime achievement from the "Welcome Back Awards," a national program sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company to recognize excellence in individuals' work on behalf of people with depression. Mental Health America honored her with the Clifford Beers Award, its highest honor, in 1996.

Funding

We are supported by contributions from the community, grants and contracts with government. MHA has received support from the Boeing Company, Kaiser Permanente, Lancaster West Rotary, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Corporation and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Our services are funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, California Department of Rehabilitation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

Contact Us

We serve the Antelope Valley at two sites. The best way to reach us is to contact our main office, located at 506 W. Jackman Ave, Lancaster, CA 93534. Our phone number is 661-726-2850.



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