One Step Forward's mission is to develop viable permanent affordable housing and identify economic development solutions supporting family unity that empowers, strengthens and heal communities.We Strive to:
- 1. Identify and develop affordable housing to include the facilitation of homeownership within a strong network base throughout the communities we serve.
- 2. Develop through our projects a strong economic development system that promotes self- sufficiency and self-worth for those we serve.
- 3. Develop business enterprises designed to serve in several capacities.
- 4. To educate, support, and prepare through our various programs and services .that promotes empowerment.
Traditionally underserved Individuals and Families with Children and Youth
Our homeownership Program target population: our low to moderate income
Primarily Southern California
Homeownership Program (Statewide) to expand Nationwide
“One Step Forward” (OSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of affordable and permanent housing placement, which promotes home ownership. “One Step Forward” brings 20 years of very unique experiences related to the combination of housing and work force development. The method has been through the purchase, relocation, rehabilitation and resale of substandard housing.
OSF through its programs and services have practice administrating and operating work force development, providing employment opportunities to the unemployed, which is a viable entity in support of our programs and focus of the development of permanent and affordable housing.
OSF, incorporated in 1991 gained initial experience through providing emergency shelter, transitional housing and, social support services to shelter clients through the City and County of Los Angeles Cold/Wet Weather Winter Shelter Program since the 1990/91 seasons. OSF Provided social support services to more than 375 homeless individuals nightly in the south bay and downtown Los Angeles areas. The transitional housing program was established in 1992 through the HUD dollar a year lease program.
Since 1997 OSF, as approved participant in the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Disposition Program we have facilitated the purchase rehabilitation/development and re-sale of over 300 properties to low to moderate income and first time buyers in the form of single family to four units in Los Angeles County, extending to Orange County and San Bernardino County areas. The object of the program was to facilitate homeownership; in addition we also assisted the buyer with their closing costs. As a result of the mortgage crisis OSF has been dedicated to providing housing counseling and home maintenance education services to our target population.
In addition OSF has been a sponsor of the USDA Summer Food Service program. The nonprofit also received an award “sponsor of the year” for its’ efforts. The program, designed to provide free nutritious meals to low-income and homeless children during the summer when school meals were unavailable, extended into a year round program. The program consisted of preparing meals and operating a total of nine separate site locations within south central and East Los Angeles Public Housing, the City of Inglewood, and the City of Lynwood. There were 1200 meals daily, five days a week. OSF served 122,400 breakfasts, 244,800 lunches, and 62,220 snacks. The emphasis was to serve nutritious hot and cold meals while providing fun and educational activities for our youth.