Lakewood Area Shelter Association

P.O. Box 98619
Lakewood, WA 98498

(253) 581-8689
Class of Housing/Services: Shelter, Transitional Housing

General Information:
The Lakewood Area Shelter Association (LASA) is a nonprofit organization committed to preventing homelessness through support services and to providing transitional shelter to homeless families. LASA offers two complementary programs, Emergency Outreach and Transitional Housing. Clients who receive assistance through Outreach must reside in the City of Lakewood. Outreach Prevention is the key to Outreach. This is accomplished by providing emergency relief through: -  Utility Assistance -  Bus Vouchers -  Furniture Vouchers -  Rental Assistance Transitional Housing LASA offers transitional housing to families with children. We help families help themselves by providing a safe haven while they rebuild their lives. -  Families are provided life skills training, services with partnering agencies and case management -  Rental Assistance may be available to homeless families with children to cover move-in costs as well as partial rent on a short-term basis

Helpful Definitions For Lakewood Area Shelter Association:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.

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