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Our Mission

The People Concern believes no one should have to live on the street or in a violent household. Our staff, volunteers and those we serve work together to address the effects of homelessness, poverty, mental and physical illness, abuse and addiction. Our programs empower the most vulnerable among us to improve their quality of life – housed, healthy and safe – and become active participants in the community. We also work to educate the broader community and improve public policy.

Together, We Are Changing Lives

Last Year:

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individuals experiencing homelessness were engaged by outreach teams who connected them to services, referrals and housing resources.

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formerly homeless individuals received ongoing services in permanent supportive housing.

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adults and children escaping unsafe homes were served through Sojourn domestic violence services.

Happening at The People Concern

Unveiling the Ray Grutzmacher Family Community!

Unveiling the Ray Grutzmacher Family Community!

The grand unveiling of The Ray Grutzmacher Family Community, our second permanent supportive housing community developed in partnership with FlyawayHomes, was a huge success! Together, with our strategic partners FlyawayHomes, we held a grand unveiling and building...

Announcing two new interim housing facilities!

Announcing two new interim housing facilities!

We are proud to announce the official names of our two newest interim housing facilities - Mollie Maison and The Layover! Both The Layover and Mollie Maison were recently acquired as part of Project Homekey (PHK), the second stage in the state-wide effort,...

Join us for Tacos At Sunset!

Join us for Tacos At Sunset!

Hosted by Sarah Knauer & Stephanie Shepherd, Tacos At Sunset is the ultimate Taco Tuesday event. An evening of tacos and margaritas for a great cause – supporting The People Concern’s mission to end homelessness in L.A. County. Join us for a fun evening on the...

Inspiration Corner

Marnie shares why this work is so important to her!

Meet Marnie Stewart, a Case Manager for The People Concern's Homeless FSP team! Marnie shares a heartwarming story about why serving our unsheltered neighbors is so important to her and her family. When Marnie's mom experienced homelessness, she learned firsthand how horrible conditions are on the streets and how people treated her mom so differently. Marnie knew that through compassion she could help make a difference in people's lives and...

Mirna shares an inspiring success story!

Meet Mirna Martinez, a Clinical Case Manager, for Project-Based Housing at The People Concern! Mirna shares an inspirational success story she had with a program participant who was undocumented. Mirna worked closely with her program participant, empowering and supporting him to interview for citizenship and apply for a passport so that he can visit his family in his native country. "I couldn't have done it without you," said Mirna's program...

Alethia shares what inspires her to do this amazing work!

Meet Alethia Broom, MPA, Assistant Director at our Interim Housing at Kensington ⁠Campus! She shares how The People Concern is providing a welcoming and therapeutic environment for program participants and what has inspired her to do this amazing work. ⁠ ⁠ Kensington Campus is the largest fully integrated therapeutic community of its kind in the Antelope Valley, where interim and permanent housing is in high demand for people experiencing homelessness....

Paul is welcomed into Project Homekey!

“Being in a Project Homekey hotel has been great. It’s a lot different than being on the streets. Here, I have privacy and feel comfortable. On the streets, there is constant traffic and always someone looking at you - there’s never a chance to be yourself. I don’t feel that way anymore. Now I don’t have to look over my shoulder or worry about my things getting stolen. Now I have a place to rest, get something to eat and shower -I hadn’t had a warm...

“The People Concern helps people like me”

“The People Concern is actually doing something to help people. People like me, just want to feel like people care about us. That’s ultimately what’s important – a person feeling like they are cared about. The People Concern is great for people who find themselves in a situation where they are no longer in a home. Here they are assisted by having a place to lay their head, a shower...

Chanel shares what inspires everyday!

“Our teams provide an authentic, intentional and trauma-informed approach to non-traditional clinical work that focuses on the individual's identity. There is something so meaningful about working with folks who are in their most vulnerable state and helping them feel seen and heard. The work we do empowers people who feel voiceless to gain their confidence back, become advocates for themselves and rebuild their lives,” says Chanel Taylor, LCSW, Director, Intern...

Giovanne shares his excitement as he works to open a new PHK site

Giovanne Schachere, Director of Interim Housing, The Best Inn and Super 8, for The People Concern, shares why Project Homekey and creating more housing for our most vulnerable neighbors is vital to the community.

Maureen shares what inspires her to do this work.

Maureen Rivas, Program Manager, Santa Monica C3 Outreach for The People Concern shares a heartwarming story of an experience she had with a program participant that changed her life.

“This is a place for you”

"This is a place where our Program Participants can feel safe and welcome. They don’t have to give something to be here, them being here is more than enough. Everyone is welcoming and excited that they are here using our services. This is a place of containment, this is a place where they don’t have to feel like their in danger. I’ve noticed that trickle-down with a lot of my...

Success begins with meeting people where they are at!

“Some people are ready for services from day one​, which is always nice, but for ​those who aren't, all I can do is be there for them and be present. Thankfully​, The People Concern follows the harm reduction model, not an abstinence-based model, so, I am able to meet program participants where they are at in their journey. I provide support whenever they are ready to engage. We had one ​program participant who initially wasn't ready to address their substance use. After consistently engaging them - starting small...