From The Pollination Project:
Recycled Resources for the Homeless
in North Los Angeles, CA. Rebecca is seeking to launch a new program,
Neighbor to Neighbor (“N2N”) that places a solution to ending
homelessness in the hands of the community.
Many times homeless individuals are labeled as transients, when many
of them are not passing through a community, rather they are part of it.
In North LA, there are an estimated 280 chronically homeless
individuals, most of whom were born in the area and want to remain
there, but have no assistance in transitioning into housing.
The goal of the N2N project is to pair a housed neighbor to a
homeless neighbor, similar to a buddy system, in order to develop the
trust rapport and understanding that is needed to support someone while
transitioning from living on the streets to securing and maintaining
housing. Rebecca has found that the most successful way to assist
people in ending their homelessness is to have trust and confidence in
the person who is assisting them, which is the backbone of the N2N
The N2N volunteers will participate in a 6-hour training and attend a
one-day workshop that entails education surrounding homeless issues:
outreach and engagement, safety, mental illness, substance use, and how
to navigate resources. After this training, volunteers are paired with a
homeless individual, identified by Recycled Resources for the Homeless,
to begin building a relationship with their ‘buddy’. The volunteer
commits to visiting and engaging their ‘buddy’ a minimum of 2 x weekly,
with the goal of developing a trusting relationship with them. Visits
will include relationship building, socializing, offering clothing and
other resources, and educating them on the process of securing housing.
The volunteer also provides updates to RRH about any challenges or
needs. Once the homeless individual secures housing their ‘buddy’
transitions with them and becomes a life skills coach to ensure housing
can be maintained.