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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.

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In the News

Santa Monica Daily Press | October 20, 2020

Homeless Street Teams at Work During COVID-19

Streets Blog LA | October 19, 2020

Kensington Campus Opens in Lancaster Providing Temporary Housing, Permanent Housing, and Jobs for Antelope Valley’s Homeless | October 18, 2020

Shipping containers in Los Angeles becoming homes for the homeless

Los Angeles Times | October 17, 2020

She was suffering on the streets of Santa Monica. Here’s what it took to rescue her

Antelope Valley Press | October 11, 2020

AVC Poised to Aid Homeless Students 

John Maceri on Marketplace Morning Report | September 22, 2020

COVID-19 makes a difficult voting process for people who are homeless even harder - John Maceri at 1:00

LAist | August 24, 2020

A Bridge To Where? Few Exit LA’s ‘Temporary’ Homeless Shelters For Permanent Housing

Santa Monica Daily Press | August 13, 2020

Santa Monica Motel Shelters High-Risk Homeless People From COVID

The Argonaut | August 12, 2020

Venice Family Clinic’s Health + Justice Series Tackles Housing, Homelessness, Race and Incarceration

Santa Monica Daily Press | August 6, 2020

Amidst the pandemic challenges of homelessness continue to rise

Downtown Los Angeles News | August 4, 2020

New homeless services center opens in Skid Row

Roland Martin Unfiltered | July 28, 2020

John Maceri guest appearance 

Los Angeles Times | July 24, 2020

The apartment was ready in February. Four months later, Terrance moved in

Los Angeles Post-Examiner  | July 5, 2020

How This Affordable Housing Group is Supporting its Residents during COVID-19

Jewish Telegraphic Agency | July 2, 2020

 Los Angeles has a major homelessness problem. These Jewish groups are helping by opening their parking lot

County of Los Angeles | July 1, 2020

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Tours The People Concern’s Newly Opened C3 Homeless Services Center 

John Maceri on POTUS: Non-partisan Political Talk | June 24, 2020

Atlantic Council | June 18, 2020

Houseless in a Pandemic: How Community “Shows Up” For Their Own to Survive and Thrive Together

Spectrum News 1 | June 4, 2020

LA Health Care Workers Scramble to Test Homeless for COVID-19

Los Angeles Time | June 6, 2020

Coronavirus testing on skid row: The Pandemic in Photos

Associated Press | May 17, 2020

California homeless quarantine in hotels, more rooms needed 

KTLA 5 | May 12, 2020

The People Concern outreach worker Ciara DeVozza discusses outreach in skid row, rapid testing, and factors that put people experiencing homelessness at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

The Los Angeles Times | May 8, 2020

Coronavirus testing has come to skid row. But what happens when infected patients disappear? 

Santa Monica Daily Press | May 7, 2020

Santa Monica Plans to Cut Funding to Programs for Low-Income Residents

The Malibu Times | May 6th, 2020

Malibu’s Homeless Receive Service, Still Waiting for Housing

NBC 4 | March 4, 2020

Lancaster Develops Center to House Homeless People

MSNBC | Apr 24, 2020

California Struggles to Deal With Homeless During Virus Outbreak: A Conversation with John Maceri The People Concern CEO, and Andrea Mitchell MSNBC, Andrea Mitchel Reports

Los Angeles Times | Apr 22, 2020

Are Homeless Shelters ‘A Nasty Experiment’ During Coronavirus? L.A Says No and Opens More

Downtown News | Apr 8, 2020

Domestic Violence Shelters Work Around Coronavirus 

Santa Monica Daily Press | Apr 13, 2020

L.A. Turning to Hotels to Shelter Homeless Population

Santa Monica Daily Press | Apr 9, 2020

City Hall Launches Coronavirus Relief Fund

USC Annenberg Media | Mar 28, 2020

Unemployment, underfunding and still trying to serve: Volunteer organizations during COVID-19 | Mar 27, 2020

Billi Elish’s Mom Partners with L.A. Vegan Restaurants to Feed Those in Need

Santa Monica Daily Press | Mar 16, 2020

Homeless shelters and outreach teams work to fight coronavirus | March 3, 2020 

Homeless and a voter: Inside LA’s new outreach program

Malibu Times | Feb 6, 2020

Shelter, Parking Possibilities for Malibu’s Homeless  

NBC News | Jan 25, 2020

How California’s Homelessness Crisis Surged 


August 25, 2020 | Lyft and Other Join 'Together for Her' Campaign to Address Increasing sing Gender-Based Violence During COVID-19 Pandemic

The partners of Together For Her –  The Charlize Theron African Outreach Project (CTAOP), CARE, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation – announced Lyft, Mary Kay and others have joined the campaign; which aims to provide relief for the growing gender-based violence pandemic that has emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 29, 2020 | Mark Ridley-Thomas Tours The People Concern's Newly Opened Homeless Service Center

Mark Ridley-Thomas Tours The People Concern’s newly opened C3 Homeless Service Center

May 13, 2020 | The People Concern Implements Procovery Model

The People Concern is one of the first to adopt The Procovery Model in Los Angeles County, with 60 staff members to become Procovery-licensed facilitators.

April 17, 2020 | Project Roomkey

The People Concern Moves First Clients into a Los Angeles Hotel the Nonprofit Will Also Manage, as Part of California’s ‘Project Roomkey’.

April 6, 2020 | The People Concern Hosts Townhall by Call April 9

CEO John Maceri will answer questions about how LA’s homeless services provider is handling the COVID-19 crisis and will discuss the newly launched April #CHALLENGEFORGOOD to secure critical items needed like socks, bottled water, hygiene kits and boxed lunches.

April 2, 2020 | Kendra Scott Creates Virtual Giveback to Benefit The People Concern

Kendra Scott will give back 20% of online purchases made on their website,, April 9-10 to customers who use the code GIVEBACK6957.

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February 27, 2020 | The People Concern Hosts Flex Vote Center

The People Concern Hosts Flex Vote Center in Santa Monica March 1.

January 1, 2020 | Grant Recipient

The People Concern Receives $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

January 21, 2020 Ground Breaks on Affordable Housing Development

Linc Housing and national CORE Join Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Inglewood Mayor James Butts Jr. To Break Ground on 101 New Affordable and Supportive Homes.


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