2975 Wilshire Blvd #415, Los Angeles, CA, 90010Telephone
SHALOM CENTER for T.R.E.E. of Life(Shalom Center) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) faith-based organization founded in 1997 that provides comprehensive housing counseling, training and client advocacy services to help low- and moderate-income homebuyers and tenants in the Los Angeles County and Orange County areas secure and maintain safe and affordable housing. Shalom Center’s goal is to prevent homelessness and to promote long-term housing opportunity by providing families and communities with the skills and self-esteem necessary to gain control over their own lives and environments. Shalom Center places a priority on removing barriers for groups with inadequate access to services, such as the minority, immigrant, and limited English proficiency, disabled, homeless and elderly populations
Recognizing that increased homeownership rates result in an improved quality of life in the community, Shalom Center focuses primarily on creating new homeowners. We do this by providing homebuyer education, homeowner education, affordable single-family infill housing, and affordable mortgage loan products. Homeownership is considered a key element in developing a proud family and commitment to their community. This pride of ownership is necessary for maintaining viable schools, healthy businesses and safe neighborhoods.
Shalom Center is dedicated to the revitalization of LA and Orange County neighborhoods by providing a full range of programs and services that encourage, create, and support homeownership through the faith.
Over the course of its 15-year history, Shalom Center for T.R.E.E. of Life-Therapy, Research, Education and Empowerment-(“Shalom Center”)has evolved into a trusted nonprofit, focused and dedicated to its mission to increase safe, decent affordable housing opportunities that foster healthy, viable neighborhoods. Shalom Center consistently has been an asset to Korean community.
For 15 years, the organization has served low-and moderate-income families in Los Angeles County, helping them open the door to the American Dream of long-term, successful home ownership; and those families, in turn, have become the seeds to strengthen LA county neighborhoods. Since April 2005, more than 10,300 families have completed our homebuyer education program, and Shalom Center, in partnership with the community, has assisted nearly $150 million in mortgages for low-and moderate-income families.
As much as it has served families before 2005, Shalom Center has also enhanced the neighborhoods in which families live and grow. Shalom Center has invested more deeply in the health and viability of Korean neighborhoods, building better communities and laying a solid, complementary foundation to its home ownership programs.While Shalom Center has steadfastly maintained its mission focus, it also has a rich history of successfully responding to new challenges, opportunities, and changes in its environment. Remaining nimble and open to new opportunities, the organization piloted, for example, and education program that focuses on new immigrants. That program brings Shalom Center’s money management and understanding credit class into workplaces to educate working families-immigrants who are future home owners.
Recognizing that a significant number of families served by Shalom Center cannot attend counseling during traditional business hours, Shalom Center implemented a “mobile office” policy, encouraging staff to meet clients at the clients’ convenience. In addition, in response to the changing marketplace, Shalom Center has opened satellite offices.The most dramatic changes affecting Shalom Center exist in the credit and lending environment. Once again, Shalom Center has responded and will continue to respond and adapt its services to meet new needs. As the mortgage market has quickly and dramatically changed and foreclosures have risen to an unprecedented crisis level, Shalom Center is positioned to respond, in large part because the organization has carefully cultivated a robust network of partners on the local, state, and national level-from government to local financial institutions to faith based organizations, other nonprofits, and individual home buyers.
Working with its partners and the following strategic plan, Shalom Center will continue a forward momentum that balances its ongoing mission with new programs and strategies to address the current market. For example, recognizing that healthy neighborhoods and effective long-term affordable housing are mutually sustaining, Shalom Center stakeholders have recommended enhancing Shalom Center’s primarily “people-based” strategies (homebuyer counseling and education) with expanded “place-based” strategies (programming and support targeted at individuals and properties within particular neighborhoods). In addition, opportunities exist for Shalom Center to address the need for safe, decent, affordable housing as it relates to renters; to introduce Shalom Center families to the concept of wealth-building through asset development and asset preservation; and perhaps most important, to greatly enhance overall awareness of Shalom Center as community resource and reliable partner.
While Shalom Center has laid a clear path of achievement, the organization will not rest on past accomplishments. Shalom Center is focused forward to the future and Shalom Center will continue expanding a legacy of success in its mission while broadening its scope and flexing to serve evolving community development needs.
2975 Wilshire Blvd #415, Los Angeles, CA, 90010Telephone