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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

2nd Annual Tacos At Sunset August 26th!

2nd Annual Tacos At Sunset August 26th!

Join us for our second annual Tacos At Sunset event hosted by The People Concern Board Member Sarah Knauer and Stephanie Shepherd, Co-Founder Future Earth and Chief Impact Officer, PLUS. This year’s event will be held right on the sand at the Jonathan Club in Santa...

Jam in the Van Virtual Fundraiser for The People Concern

Jam in the Van Virtual Fundraiser for The People Concern

Jam in the Van (JITV), is an L.A.-based music and comedy venue that is leading the way in music discovery through its solar-powered mobile recording studio and YouTube Channel that has recorded with thousands of musicians across the U.S. JITV and Las Cafeteras will be...

Mayers | Contemporary & Studio 526 Virtual Art Gallery

Mayers | Contemporary & Studio 526 Virtual Art Gallery

Santa Monica-based contemporary artist Les Mayers is launching the MAYERS | CONTEMPORARY art museum utilizing the latest advances in virtual reality technology. Visitors from around the world will be able to visit the virtual museum on self-guided tours, view and...

Inspiration Corner

A special update from a Sojourn program participant.

"I wanted to update you on how I have been doing since we last talked. I signed the lease to my new apartment and will be moving in very soon. I want to thank you for all of your dedication, patience and kindness. Sojourn has changed my life. My Dad abused me for 31 years. For many of those years, I didn’t know I was being abused. I thought his...

Christina shares how her personal experience with DV lead her to become a Sojourn volunteer!

Meet Christina! Christina first became connected to Sojourn, as a program participant. She was so moved by the support and sense of community that she received at Sojourn that she wanted to give back to others in similar situations and became a Sojourn volunteer! Today Christina is a volunteer Support Group Facilitator. Listen to what inspires her to continue volunteering her time after all these years. Sojourn, The People Concern's...

Dear The People Concern…

*A beautiful letter of gratitude sent by one of our program participants.  Dear The People Concern, As an enthusiastic client of The People Concern's Skid Row Public Toilets, Showers and Laundry Program located at 526 South San Pedro Street in Los Angeles, I would like to thank you and the great staff which worked so very hard throughout the year to ensure that the health and hygiene challenges of Skid...

A Message of Optimism from our CEO

As we say goodbye to 2021 and enter into the new year, we reflect on the impact your generosity has had on the people we serve. With your support, our dedicated teams helped 600 people experiencing homelessness move into homes last year. Together, we continued to provide comprehensive supportive services to more than 2,700 program participants living in permanent housing, ensuring that our neighbors never fall into homelessness again. Our outreach teams across L.A. County engaged...

Tina shares her experiences volunteering with Sojourn for over 17 years!

Meet Tina! Tina has been a dedicated Volunteer Support Group Facilitator with Sojourn for over 17 years! During her time with Sojourn, Tina has been a volunteer Support Group Facilitator, participated in outreach events to spread awareness of Sojourn's life-saving services and has helped fundraise to raise money for Sojourn's many programs. Listen to what inspires her to continue volunteering her time after all these years. Sojourn, The People Concern's...

Imelda shares how she helps our program participants cope during the pandemic

Meet Imelda, a Case Manager, DHS Housing for Health ICMS, for The People Concern! The coronavirus pandemic has been especially hard on our program participants, for those who are living unsheltered and for those in permanent housing. Living in isolation and the fear of contracting the virus has left many of our program participants feeling anxious and depressed. Imelda shares how she has helped our program participants cope with the...

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...

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...