Living on the streets or in a car requires a short-term mentality to survive night to night
Skills and behaviors, like making a budget or planning meals within that budget, takes learning from good examples in a safe environment. Afterall, if you’ve never seen others do it, how would you learn? Without daily life examples, it's difficult to learn positive and healthy ways to single parent, or even how to be a good neighbor or friend.
Breaking the cycle of dependence on others for a handout happens when people are shown and equipped for a sustainable change on a better path. That’s what Holliday’s Helping Hands is about.
Holliday’s Helping Hands follows the “Harm Reduction” approach — a non-coercive, non-judgmental approach to reducing the harms of drug and alcohol use.
Rather than expecting “cold turkey” abstinence — which may cause severe withdrawals — incremental changes are supported. This respectful and compassionate approach works to de-stigmatize drug users.
Holliday’s Helping Hands follows the “Housing First” approach for people experiencing homelessness. We bring immediate access to housing with no housing readiness conditions. Other benefits to a Housing First approach are:
- Consumer choice and self-determination
- Recovery orientation
- Individualized and person-driven supports
- Social and community integration
If you are in immediate danger, call 911
If you are having a mental health emergency, call 988
Are you currently experiencing homelessness?
Learn about the resources available from Holliday's Helping Hands and other community agencies. If you would like to reach out directly, please contact us at:
If you are not in imminent danger but need immediate mental health crisis support
Call the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health 24/7 Hotline
If you are experiencing domestic violence
National Domestic Violence 24/7 Hotline
English, Spanish and 200+ other languages through interpretation service.