01: Prevention

750,000 LA families are one

financial shock


from Homelessness

A mother and a daughter support each other

Stop homelessness before it happens

Often, as little as $2,000 can mean the difference between a home and the streets for the economically vulnerable. Our Short Term Eviction Prevention (STEP) Fund bridges the gap for Angelenos at risk of imminent homelessness by providing quick-turnaround, easy-to-access, no-interest micro loans of up to $2,500.

Out Impact

Our approach

Established for 
low-income individuals at imminent risk of eviction

Three-year repayment terms for loans of up to $2,500

Prioritize service for prior homelessness, foster care, or Income < 30% AMI

Zero interest; no expenses or hidden fees

Unlike other loan programs, our loans are non-punitive, with no required collateral or guarantees

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Driven By Research

The efficacy of the STEP Fund program is being evaluated in a large-scale scientific study by the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a research center that studies effective poverty interventions, at the University of Notre Dame.

Are you at imminent risk of eviction?

Apply Now

The Step fund program impacted my life by providing financial support to keep me and my family in our home. I will never forget how receiving the funds put me at ease. When I had no other options, the Step fund provided me with peace and hope. Thank you.

- Tennille Bailey

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