Carry Forward — A Collaborative Effort

To “Carry Forward” means to make progress in addressing causes of and preventative measures for homelessness.

Our mission as a group is to provide affordable housing, job training, financial planning, and access to excellent health care.

NOTE: Serving our local Veterans are our first priority, but we will NOT turn anyone away.

Findings from a recent Los Angeles County veterans study has revealed the following:

  • Many service members leaving the military are not prepared for the transition.
  • Many military veterans have a wide range of needs that cannot be easily provided by a single organization.
  • Veteran support organizations are not organized to provide holistic support to current and returning veterans.
  • Most veteran support organizations are focused on meeting acute and chronic needs of veterans, such as homelessness, immediate or severe health issues, or acute or chronic unemployment. Very little attention is given to preventing these conditions or intervening early to prevent them from becoming chronic.

In addition, for civilians – the median income for single individuals and families living in LA County is $58,000/year. Therefore, housing should not cost households more than $19,333/year.

On average a family of 4 spends $24,000/year on housing because in the more population dense cities like Los Angeles, a 2 bedroom rental is about $2,000/month.

Our Solution

Our collaborative solution is as follows:

  1. Work with landlords and banks who are having a difficult time renting and selling homes.
    This is a shared housing program for individuals. Families will be targeted at a later time.
  2. Partnership pay for rentals with program funding and those participating will pay a max fee.
    Those participating with the program will have the option for professional training.
    Rentals will be available to able-body persons, targeting homeless/impoverished veterans first.
  3. Assist tenants with job placement and financial planning.

NOTE: Our solution involves Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Temporary Housing options.

Step 1

Carry Forward partners will rent at market rate home in areas were jobs are plentiful but population density is low.

Estimated cost for 3 to 5 bedrooms with 2 or 3 bath home, will be no more than $2,000.

After the first 3 months, the home is self-sustaining because the tenants pick up the cost and the partners can put the funds aside to continue the rental cycle.

Cost for utilities per house:

Estimated $200/m

Step 2

Cost of rental is dependent on current income.

No more than 1/3 of their income or $500 a month, which ever is lesser, will be spent on renting a room.

Example of 4br/3ba home payment:

  • Tenant 1 has an income of 800/m
    Payment would be 1/3 of the income = 267/m
  • Tenant 2 has an income of 1900/m
    Payment = 500/m
  • Tenant 3 has an income of 1500/m
    Payment = 500/m
  • Tenant 4 has an income of 900/m
    Payment = 300/m

  Total = $1567/m
Initial Cost to Nonprofit for housing portion = $2000/m
Initial lost for housing portion = $433/m

NOTE: For those who will be working, when they are able they will pay $500. The tenant will have an option to build equity (savings program) when they start to save more

Step 3

Enroll individuals in job training and assist with job placement.


Sounds easy, right? Well it can be with your help…for we are tougher together!

Together we can help produce long-lasting solutions for those living in poverty.

Housing and working shouldn’t be complicated. It should be a life adventure.


Q: Which Organizations are participating with this project?

A: There are currently five nonprofits working to Carry Forward our veterans, Carry Me Productions is leading the housing solution.

Q: What if the tenants don’t pay their rent on time and what if the individuals are causing trouble in their house or neighborhood?

A: We don’t operate like other “landlords”. We will work with each individual because we understand how hard it can be to get off the ground when struggling financially and emotionally.
With empathy, passion, and commitment, we work to help those who want to help themselves.
We won’t tell you to get over it. We’re here to help you to get through it.