The non-profit organization will soon welcome formerly incarcerated women and their children back to the newly remodeled 15-bed home.
LONG BEACH (February 5, 2020) — A New Way of Life Reentry Project will celebrate the grand reopening of Hoffman House, one of eight women’s reentry homes the organization runs in Los Angeles County, with an open house on February 12 from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.
Starting last year, Hoffman House underwent a series of improvements to make it more welcoming to residents, who come to A New Way of Life after serving time in prison or jail. Updates to the home include new flooring, an upgraded kitchen and bathrooms, fresh interior paint, and a modern heating and air conditioning system. The home has also been furnished with new beds, living room furniture, televisions, and an alarm system. Because the house is located in a historical district in Long Beach, no updates have been made to its facade. Staff will be onboarded and residents will begin moving into the home later this month.
“We’re excited that the home renovation is complete so that we can now serve more women and children. The remodel has vastly improved the liveability of the home and has transformed the house into a warm and welcoming environment, which is in line with our belief that a safe and inviting home eases a woman’s transition back into society,” says A New Way of Life co-director Michael Towler. “We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported this project and helped us get to the point where we can once again welcome women into the home.”
A New Way of Life was founded in South Los Angeles in 1998 by Susan Burton and has provided housing for more than 1,100 formerly incarcerated women and their children, in addition to serving 3,000 community members with its legal clinics. A New Way of Life acquired Hoffman House and two properties referred to collectively as Holland House in a 2018 merger with Harbour Area Halfway Houses, which was founded in 1971. The merger gave A New Way of Life capacity for 24 more beds, bringing its total to 55 beds. The merger also allowed the organization to expand from its base in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles into the Long Beach area.