Programs and Benefits for LBAHC Residents
New Programs & Services
LBAHC has established program services designed to educate, empower and enrich the lives of residents and their families living in 21 apartment buildings located in
Los Angeles County.
LBAHC has created wholly-owned projects and participate in joint ventures with other non-profits organizations, public agencies, and for-profit developers to implement our program services. In this effort LBAHC has established specific projects and program parameters based on today’s housing needs.
The current focus of our programs:
- Annual Scholarship Program: LBAHC annual scholarship for residents seeking to go to college and/or trade schools. See more information below.
- After-school Program services: Academic support for school-age students including tutoring and mentoring.
- Exercise and Fitness Classes: Exercise classes to promote fitness and good health habits.
- Art Enrichment Program: Art and cultural classes offered for youth and adults to explore the various aspects of art.
- Field trips and Event Trips: LBAHC periodically facilitates and sponsors field trips for youth and adults during the year.
In 2012, LBAHC began to offer scholarships to all of its residents. All qualified applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. We offer scholarships for vocational and traditional education. Since 2012, we have had 2 graduates from California State Long Beach, with degrees in Computer Engineering and Psychology. From then on, we have awarded over $70,000 in scholarship funds. This year LBAHC plans to extend our scholarship applicants to fellow nonprofits based in Long Beach such as the Freedom Writer Foundation and the United Cambodian Community.
The LBAHC Scholarship Program is for all eligible residents and their families residing in apartment building owned by LBAHC. Our goal is to provide assistance to residents and family members of residents. LBAHC Scholarship Program offers scholarships for Academic Education, Vocational Training, and Fine Arts. These are the following applicant guidelines:
- Current residence of LBHAC property;
- Must be the age of 16 by the application due date
- Currently a high school senior, a high school graduate, or possess a high school equivalency certificate, or a student currently attending college or a trade school.
- Adults returning to college or a trade school are also eligible to apply.
In 2014 LBAHC awarded 12 scholarships to deserving students to pursue their post-secondary education.
The program begins accepting applications from February to May each year. The scholarship selection committee is comprised of LBAHC board members and staff. Judging is based on grades, SAT scores, individual achievements, school and community involvements, and employment (where applicable).
LBAHC is in the process of implementation of the $85,000 Public Utilities Commission (PUC) grant to provide Wi-Fi to 6 properties. The grant will provide funding for equipment as well as program services such as academic tutoring for youth and computer training. We applied for another set of 6 properties in October to add free Wi-Fi to these properties as well.
The following properties will have WIFI:
- West Park Apartments
- Vermont Manor Apartments
- Beverly Manor Apartments
- Metro West Apartments
- 8th Street Apartments
- Cambridge Apartment
After-School Academic Tutoring
LBAHC started an after school tutoring program at West Park Apartments back in 2014 and in 2016 at 8th Street Apartments. The after school program is offered to children between the grades of 4th and 12th. In addition, to traditional tutoring, students have cooking, photography, art, and other exciting extra-curricular activities. LBAHC also sponsors an annual summer field trip for those students who attend all of the tutoring as well as the other classes provided through our program services. Last year, 13 kids and 4 adult chaperones went to Knott’s Berry Farm during our summer program.
We have also been able to offer senior/adult exercise classes and Zumba at several properties as well as dance classes for the youth. We have been able to offer these classes since 2012.
Youth Dance Classes
We have also been able to offer Youth Dance classes for our West Park Apartment tenants who have children since 2014. This class is open for kids ages 8 to 18. The Youth Dance Classes has recitals twice a year and has been a huge success in helping our West Park youth to stay busy and active. LBAHC plans to offer dance classes at more of our properties in the near future.
HUD - VASH
LBAHC is proud to work in partnership with the HUD - Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program by offering affordable housing to our Veterans. The HUD-VASH program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). LBAHC is currently housing 3 Veterans families at 2 of our properties. We plan to continue down this avenue to give our assistance to the VA.
Transitional Youth Program Partners
LBAHC is currently working with the Los Angeles based nonprofit Sanctuary of Hope (SoH). SoH is a youth development organization that is dedicated to serving Transition Age Youth, ages 16-25, whose primary mission is to provide a caring and multi-cultural approach to services that will help young adults become self-sufficient and lead prosperous lives. At the West Park Apartments we currently have 8 SoH clients as residents. LBAHC is looking forward to partnering with other transition Age Youth in the coming year.