Exciting opportunity to expand housing opportunities in the South Los Angeles region for Transition Age Youth

Planting Seeds for Transformation: Exciting opportunity to expand housing opportunities in the South Los Angeles region for Transition Age Youth (TAY)!

Applications now available online and are due Thursday, July 31, 2014. 

Delivered in partnership by CSH and Communities in Motion, Planting Seeds for Transformation is a specialized housing institute focused on expanding the array of housing solutions in South Los Angeles.  The goal is to increase the capacity of South Los Angeles Transition Age Youth (TAY) housing providers to cultivate sustainable housing solutions that are tailored to meet the diverse needs of youth and young adults in South Los Angeles.   Planting Seeds for Transformation will involve a selection of providers who operate Independent Living programs and/or Transitional Housing/Living programs that currently serve TAY, ages 18-25.  Once selected, providers will be assisted in identifying and developing a housing plan through a tailored institute that will increase their leadership and technical capacity to develop and operate an array of high-quality housing solutions for TAY in South LA. 

Planting Seeds for Transformation will select 4-8 agencies in South Los Angeles that currently provide independent living and/or transitional housing programs.  Download the Full Application below to view eligibility requirements.  The housing institute will take place from August 25, 2014 to December 11, 2014.  Selected agencies will participate in the following components of the institute:

  • A housing assessment conducted by CSH to evaluate the agency’s current housing capacity and potential readiness for conversion and/or expansion to rapid-re-housing and supportive housing.
  • Identification of a Housing Project based on the results of the housing assessment that will strengthen and/or expand the agency’s capacity to provide targeted housing for TAY.
  • Technical assistance tailored to support the housing project selected by the agency.
  • A monthly Learning Community for interactive training sessions involving all selected agencies, promoting peer learning and increasing TAY housing knowledge.
  • Creation of a Housing Project Plan that will position the agency for potential expansion and funding for TAY housing.
  • Presentation of Housing Project Plan to a panel of experts, developers, and funders to provide an opportunity for feedback on the project.

Deadline:  To apply, download and complete the application below and submit by Thursday, July 31, 2014. 

                                                                                                                                                Application Instructions and Submission: 

  • UPDATED Full Application
  • UPDATED Application Form to Download and Submit
  • FAQs 
  • Announcement Flyer 
  • Applications will only be accepted via email.
  • Many of the questions are open-ended and have word limits that must be met.  Information that exceeds the word limits will not be considered in the application.
  • Complete application and required attachments (listed under ‘Part IV’ of the application) must be emailed to gweltman@communities-motion.com with the subject line:  “<Agency Name>__PST Completed Application”. 

Questions:  Please contact Grace Weltman at (424) 254-8604 or via email at gweltman@communities-motion.com.  FAQs will be posted online after the information session scheduled for June 20, 2014.



June 10, 2014 Application Release
June 20, 2014 Information Session
July 31, 2014 Applications Due
August 15, 2014 Announcement of Accepted Institute Participants


Come to the information session scheduled for June 20, 2014.  The information session is an opportunity to hear more about the Planting Seeds for Transformation housing institute, walk through the application process, and address questions you may have.  Participation in the information session is highly recommended, but not required to apply.  FAQs will be posted on the CSH and Communities-Motion websites after the information session.

Planting Seeds for Transformation Information Session
Friday, June 20, 2014, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

800 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 810
Los Angeles, CA 90017

CSH is unable to validate parking.  However, CSH  is located one block from the 7th street Metro Station (on 7th Street between Figueroa and Flower Street), and a number of buses stop in front of the office. There are also parking structures and surface lots in the immediate vicinity.

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