Starting Over, Inc. believes all people have equal value and works to overcome homelessness by addressing its immediate and root causes through transitional housing, harm reduction, and supportive housing and services. People who are system impacted and all other people in need of shelter or housing are welcomed at our eight homes.
Based on the A New Way of Life program model, our organization’s hybrid model blends direct services with civic engagement and public policy work. This strength-based model uplifts and empowers program participants through leadership development techniques. Through this model of combined policy advocacy and direct services, Starting Over, Inc. addresses both the direct effects of destructive policies and the root causes of our clients' difficult situations.
Starting Over helps some of the Southern California’s most vulnerable populations by addressing homelessness, recidivism, and reentry. We help homeless men, women and children transition from homelessness and the often associated cycles of poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, and recidivism. Through education, empowerment, peer support, and civic engagement, Starting Over has helped over 900 men, women, and families since it started. 79% of the people who have gone through Starting Over's transitional program remain housed 1 year after exiting the program.