The Courtyard Outreach Program is a unique form of outreach for the Skid Row community. Our outdoor courtyard is open to anyone during the day and is a safe place to sleep in at night for those who are resistant to the idea of shelters. The overarching program helps break the cycle of homelessness by identifying the most vulnerable individuals in our courtyard and creating a bridge to our life-saving services. Our courtyard is a safe, monitored outdoor space specifically for homeless individuals.
The Courtyard Outreach team performs a subtle form of engagement in order to connect with our homeless guests, many of whom experience the reluctance of accepting help or shelter that comes with chronic homelessness. The guiding idea is to gradually move individuals into services over time through regular daily engagement. The use of EDARs, a canvas tent-like structure on wheels has been instrumental in helping courtyard residents get a feel for having a roof over their head in a safe environment. With the program, we continue to establish trust, allowing us to provide services to those once thought of as unreachable.
During the course of a 90-day EDAR stay, staff actively assess and monitors the courtyard guests’ needs. Many of those who transition into EDARs ultimately access other social service programs, like addiction treatment, mental health care and permanent supportive housing.
For more information:
Email Courtyard Staff or call 213.624.9258 Ext. 1662