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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:


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


formerly homeless individuals received ongoing services in permanent supportive housing.


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

Happening at The People Concern

The People Concern Opens 3 New Project Homekey Facilities

The People Concern Opens 3 New Project Homekey Facilities

The People Concern has opened three new interim housing facilities as part of the Project Homekey (PHK) initiative. PHK is the second stage in the state-wide effort, Project Roomkey (PRK), to move medically vulnerable people experiencing homelessness into hotels and...

Vaccinating our unhoused neighbors

Vaccinating our unhoused neighbors

Our teams are working hard to ensure that our unhoused neighbors have access to the COVID-19 vaccine by taking the vaccine to them. The People Concern, in partnership with DHS, held several vaccination events for people experiencing homelessness at locations where...

Sisters of Sojourn Fundraise for Sojourn’s Adams House

Sisters of Sojourn Fundraise for Sojourn’s Adams House

Sisters of Sojourn was founded in 2000 to raise funds for victims of domestic violence. Each year, Sisters of Sojourn hosts an annual event benefiting Adams Family Foundation House. Adams House, operated by Sojourn staff and volunteers, offers up to 6 months of...

Inspiration Corner

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.

United Way Celebrates The People Concern’s Hazel Lopez!

To celebrate Women’s History Month United Way of Greater L.A. shared stories of women who are making history in our communities. United Way sat down with four incredible women whose work impacts communities throughout L.A. County including Margarita Alvarez Gomes, Executive Director, Central City Neighborhood Partners, Kristina Dixon, CFO and Managing Director, Nonprofit Finance Fund, Azucena "Susy" Hernandez, Co-Director, Community Transformation, Promesa Boyle Heights and Hazel Lopez, Director of CES...

Outreach staff nominated for 2020 Citizen of the Year Award!

The Malibu Dolphin Charitable Foundation announced the honorees for their 2020 Citizen of the Year Award. The People Concern is proud to have two outstanding staff members nominated this year, Scott Edens and Tiffany Stewart! The ceremony recognizes candidates for their hard work and commitment to serving the Malibu community. Scott and Tifanny work tirelessly in the Malibu community connecting our most vulnerable neighbors to services and housing. Congratulation Scott...

“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...

A message of gratitude from one of our PSH residents

"The People Concern,⠀ How can I thank you? Saying 'thank you' doesn't seem enough. I was afraid to ride the bus to the market today, so afraid I got off. After trying to order groceries from Kroger, they refused to come to a neighborhood like mine. I was so frustrated. Then after returning home and disinfecting with alcohol, there was a knock on the door. A grocery bag just for...

Matthew & Nito Padilla

Matthew and Nito Padilla, moved into a hotel room as part of California's Project Roomkey. For Matthew, a 34-year-old with a pacemaker and asthma, this initiative could be life-saving. “At the shelter I was constantly getting up, checking on him,” said Nito Padilla. “And here I know he’s safe. I know he’s OK.”