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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:


services provided by outreach teams, connecting individuals experiencing homelessness to support, referrals and housing resources.


formerly homeless individuals received ongoing services in permanent supportive housing.


Adults and children escaping unsafe homes were served through Sojourn’s hotline referrals. 

Happening at The People Concern

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...

Conversions Began at Willow Tree

Conversions Began at Willow Tree

Willow Tree is one of three Project Homekey (PHK) facilities owned and operated by The People Concern. Now in the second stage of the state-wide initiative, Willow Tree will soon be converted into 100-units of permanent supportive housing, offering on-site supportive...

Groundbreaking of The Mayer

Groundbreaking of The Mayer

We are proud to have been selected as the on-site services provider for the Mayer Building in Hollywood, a 79-unit affordable housing development for seniors. The structure formerly known as The Hollywood Westin Building, which opened in 1928, is being converted into...

Inspiration Corner

Volunteer Spotlight: Will Helps Save Lives Through Harm Reduction

Will Turner started volunteering with The People Concern in 2019. Will's creative spirit initially led him to engage with residents of Skid Row at our Studio 526, but when the pandemic disrupted on-site volunteering, he found a new path that would not only align with his schedule but also make a profound impact: harm reduction packing events. When COVID-19 shut down in-person volunteering, Will was determined to continue his contribution...

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...

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...

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...