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Lamp Community is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that permanently ends homelessness, improves health, and builds self-sufficiency among men and women living with severe mental illness. Their program is featured in LOST ANGELS as well as the Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. film THE SOLOIST.

Lamp achieves one of the highest success rates in the nation for ending homelessness – more than 85% of the people we house stay housed for one year or more.

What They Do: We help people living with severe mental illness move from streets to homes. Lamp offers immediate access to affordable, safe and permanent housing without requiring sobriety or participation in treatment. Once settled in their home, new tenants are surrounded with customized services such as mental health treatment, drug recovery, healthcare, budgeting, visual and performing arts, job opportunities, and other supports to help them achieve their goals and become a part of their community.

How They Do It: The approach we use, and helped to pioneer, is called Housing First or permanent supportive housing. Conventional wisdom has long said that homeless people with disabilities had to “straighten up” before they could obtain housing. But people with severe disabilities cannot access treatment, let alone make dramatic changes in their lives, while struggling to survive on the streets.

Lamp treats housing as a prerequisite for coping with the debilitating challenges of mental illness, addiction, physical disability, chronic disease, and the trauma associated with 5, 10, even 20 years of homelessness.

Customer choice is central to all of our services. Historically, people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other serious mental illnesses have been denied a voice in decisions that affect their lives. But Lamp knows that personal choice is paramount to success in treatment and in all aspects of one’s life.

Learn more at lampcommunity.org and Get Involved! (link: http://www.lampcommunity.org/index.php)



Our mission is to strengthen communities to end homelessness by building partnerships, sharing innovations, and connecting vulnerable people to homes and support.

Vision: Homelessness is a preventable condition and we believe resolving it is key to creating healthier communities. We envision communities where everyone has a home, the support of caring neighbors, and opportunities for a healthy, promising future.

Our perspective on homelessness is based on twenty years of experience ending street homelessness, developing and operating permanent supportive housing and bringing a range of community partners together to create and share cost-effective solutions to support our most vulnerable neighbors.

As results-oriented social entrepreneurs, we are fueled by optimism, driven by data, and convinced that powerful ideas linked to the efforts of a network of partners can solve urgent, complex and costly community challenges.

Strategy: What others might see as the toughest problems, we see as the highest-leverage opportunities. We focus on people and places facing the most complex challenges, where effective solutions can have the widest impact on health and housing outcomes, practices and policies.

Learn more about cmtysolutions.org and Get Involved!

The People

...puts a human face on these so readily dismissed individuals that inhabit the Skid Row area...

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The Film

Although its stated purpose is to reduce crime in the area, for many the program is nothing more than officially sanctioned class warfare.

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The Filmmakers

Sometimes you just know when something's not right. You see it, or hear it, and you know instinctively there's something missing.

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LOST ANGELS - skid row is my home

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"Humanistic portrait of Los Angeles' Skid Row"

Narrated by Catherine Keener, LOST ANGELS: SKID ROW IS MY HOME takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals--people who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness. The film shows how their descent into society’s basement has been exacerbated by the forces of gentrification and the increasing criminalization of homeless people, while exposing the draconian changes to the mental health care system that have brought us here.

With the support of a vast array of advocates, especially the services of Lamp Community, the mission featured in the Jamie Foxx/ Robert Downey Jr. film, THE SOLOIST, many residents of Skid Row have found a way to stick together and fight back.

Directed by Thomas Napper, LOST ANGELS demonstrates how proactive approaches to homelessness–most specifically that of providing housing–are helping many to recover from mental illness and substance abuse and to find stability. For many, Skid Row is, perhaps improbably, the last place to find refuge and build a life of meaning…proving that sometimes home is where the help is.

Coming soon to select theaters.

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Reviews

“Lost Angels' Film Puts Human Faces On Homeless Crisis In Los Angeles”
"LOST ANGELS: The true story behind The Soloist hits the big screen"
'Lost Angels' "Finds Struggle and Grace Among Skid Row’s Homeless"
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