The Whole Child Celebrates Grand Opening of their Safe Families Transitional Housing in Echo Park

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August 23, 2019
Melina fled her home to escape domestic violence to protect herself and her children. They had nowhere to go so they turned to The Whole Child.
“I left not one but two abusive homes, first to get away from a violent spouse then a threatening situation while staying with a family member,” explained Melina, The Whole Child Family Housing client. “Things felt hopeless.”

The Whole Child’s Safe Families Transitional Housing will provide a safe place for families to heal and chart a path to permanent housing. The 44 units will provide temporary housing for up to 100 clients. Families will be served three meals and a snack per day and enjoy a large green space for their children to play. While in residence, families will receive supportive services to support them on their path to self-sufficiency.

“Today we celebrate a win for the City of Los Angeles,” pronounces Mayor Eric Garcetti. “It is our priority to make sure that children are kept safe from the harshness of sleeping in cars and motels.”

“I am most proud of our ability to mobilize families given the increasing barriers and lack of affordable housing, said Constanza Pachon, CEO of The Whole Child. “Our incredible Housing staff works relentlessly to ensure each child has a place to call home.”

Last year their team served over 1,000 families through Prevention, Rapid Resolution, Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Supportive Housing services. With the help of The Whole Child, lead Coordinated Entry System (CES) agency for the family population, the number of families experiencing homelessness in Southeast Los Angeles County decreased by 42.6%* since last year.

“I am working full-time now and have been living in an apartment with my two boys for two years now, shares Melina. I recently paid off my student loans, and I am debt free! I look forward to an exciting future watching my boys grow up I a peaceful house. Thank you to The Whole Child for being with me every step of this journey home.”

The Whole Child is a 62-year-old non-profit organization providing mental health, family housing, parent enrichment and nutrition education services to some of the most vulnerable families in Los Angeles County. Our mission is to help families raise emotionally and physically healthy children and have a place to call home. To find out more, please visit us at

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Micki Charley, Communications & Community Engagement Manager
(562) 692-0383 ext. 265