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Hope Gardens Family Center

GSEP has a partnership with the Hope Gardens Family Center in Sylmar, California, a transitional living and permanent supportive housing facility where up to 225 women and children can escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row.

Through the Center's comprehensive program, women and families progress from homelessness toward independent living in 12-36 months. It is intended that, at the end of the program, the heads of families will have a stable income and be able to move into a home of their own, where they will successfully manage a household. In addition, 21 senior women live in the center's Sequoia Lodge, which serves as permanent supportive housing for elderly women.


Kristin Moody (MS '06) founded the Sojourner Truth Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana, for underserved students.