Beyond Shelter (Los Angeles, CA)


  • Name:Amy Sterling Casil
  • Title:Vice President of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Beyond Shelter
  • Address:1200 Wilshire Blvd.
    Suite 600
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:213-252-0772

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  • Mission:
  • Beyond Shelter is a nonprofit corporation founded by Dr. Tanya Tull in 1988, in response to the rapidly increasing number of homeless families with children in Los Angeles, and the dire need for a more comprehensive approach to serving them. Today, Beyond Shelter's mission is to develop systemic approaches to combat poverty and homelessness among families with children and enhance family economic security and well-being.

  • History:
  • Launched shortly after the agency’s founding, Beyond Shelter’s "Housing First" approach introduced a dramatic innovation in both ending and preventing family homelessness. During the past 20 years, the "Housing First" approach has successfully transformed public policy and practice on a national scale. Beyond Shelter's “Housing First” approach is now also referred to as “Rapid Re-Housing.” Programs called "Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing" or HPRP are currently being implemented across America, as a strategy funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) economic stimulus package.

    Beyond Shelter has operated the “Housing First” Program for Homeless Families in Los Angeles since the agency’s inception in 1988. To date, Beyond Shelter’s “Housing First” Program has helped over 4,900 homeless families move into permanent, affordable rental housing in residential neighborhoods located throughout Los Angeles County. This proven methodology has an estimated 85% success rate.

    The success of Beyond Shelter's “Housing First” concept and its adaptability in many different communities and regions has been recognized nationally and internationally, including:

    • One of 19 "Solutions for America," identified and selected by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change and included in Wanted: Solutions for America, a national initiative with the objective of identifying and promoting innovative programs that build stronger communities (2001).
    • One of “25 Best U.S. Practices” chosen by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.
    • (HUD) to represent the United States at the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, Habitat II, held in Istanbul, Turkey (1996).
    • One of “100 International Best Practices” chosen for dissemination worldwide by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNCHS) in Nairobi, Kenya (1996).
    • Tanya Tull was elected as a 2009 Senior Fellow by the Ashoka Foundation, based on her innovation, development and dissemination of the “Housing First” methodology over the past two decades. According to the Ashoka Foundation, “Tanya’s model . . . is the leading strategy for combating family homelessness in the United States today.”

    In addition, in partnership with its "development affiliate," Beyond Shelter Housing Development Corporation (BSHDC), Beyond Shelter constructs service-enriched affordable housing for families and others at-risk, primarily in high-poverty neighborhoods in Central and South Los Angeles. And, since 1992, in response to the Civil Unrest, Beyond Shelter has been conducting a significant Neighborhood Revitalization Project in South Los Angeles, in a group of neighborhoods which represent the highest concentration of urban poverty on the west coast. The Neighborhood Revitalization Project incorporates service-enriched housing apartment complexes, and two Neighborhood Resource Centers serving residents of the community at-large.

    Beyond Shelter's programs serving homeless families and combating poverty in Los Angeles serve as a "laboratory" for social change. In addition to its local programs in Los Angeles, Beyond Shelter currently promotes three national initiatives to address chronic poverty, homelessness and welfare dependency: "Housing First," Service-Enriched Housing and Neighborhood-Based Services Coordination. In 2010, Beyond Shelter anticipates further developing another initiative: the use of Master-Leased Apartments as emergency shelter for homeless families. Each of these initiatives provides a distinct and adaptable methodology, utilizing existing resources in new ways. The focus of each initiative is to promote systemic change on a national, regional and local scale.

  • Year established:
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:45

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Laura Diamond
    William Willen
    JoAnne Yokota
    Tanya Tull
    Kenneth Heitz
    Karen Locke
    Spencer S. Miller
    Alison Myers
    Sylvia Ruiz
    Jim White
    Jill Black Zalben

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Tanya Tull, President/CEO
    Christine Mirasy-Glasco, Executive Director/COO

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Melissa Paul, Director of Operations
    Nizar Karimi, Vice President of Finance
    Amy Sterling Casil, Vice President of Development
    Maxine Moshay, Director of Private Donors and Community Relations
    Audrey Holmes, Vice President, Employment Programs
    Roshe Malakuti, Director of Housing First and Rapid Rehousing Programs
    Ryan Macy-Hurley, Director of the Instititute for Research, Training & Technical Assistance


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:95-4197075

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