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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

$200,000 grant from Jewish Community Foundation

$200,000 grant from Jewish Community Foundation

The People Concern is thrilled to announce that we've received a $200,000 grant from Jewish Community Foundation to support the agency's strategic partnership with FlyawayHomes so that we can scale permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness in...

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Inspiration Corner

Meet Duane!

"I appreciate The People Concern and Brittney for helping me get off the streets." Duane experienced homelessness for four years in Los Angeles before connecting with The People Concern. After working tirelessly with his case manager, Brittney, he received the keys to a place he could call his own. Now in his apartment for over a year, Duane is excited for the opportunity to reconnect with his loved ones. Duane...

Ashlyn & Cleo smiling after receiving dog food provided by K9 Connection & the NKLA Coalition for Shelters & Rescues!

During the COVID-19 crisis K9 Connection’s Pets’ Landing Project, one of ten programs under the umbrella of The People Concern, was able to supply 188 bags of dry pet food to our program participants! The Pets’ Landing Project was initiated by K9 Connection in response to the needs of people and their pets experiencing homelessness. They provide essential services including food, crates, leashes, collars, harnesses, beds, tele-training for people placed...

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.”

Stacey

“I recently got my Section 8 voucher. I am excited about that! My case manager has been amazing. I am going to be getting myself together and continuing my sobriety.” – Stacey, Program Participant

Benjamin

Benjamin began experiencing homelessness six years ago, after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He’s been a participant in our interim housing program since 2018 and has made great improvements in his physical and mental health. Today, he is well on his way to fulfilling his New Year’s resolution – finding a home of his very own!

Lashornda – “Oh thank you so much, I love you Roxanna!”

After being released from prison with no housing or employment, Lashornda found herself living on the streets, and remained unhoused for over two years. In 2019 she became connected with The People Concern’s E6 Outreach and began working with her Peer Case Manager Roxanna towards permanent supportive housing. Thanks to Lashornda’s dedication and Roxanna’s commitment to finding her a permanent home, Lashornda now has part-time employment at Homeboy Industries selling...

“Connected a program participant to a case manager fluent in ASL”

"I was able to connect a program participant who is deaf and experiencing homelessness to a case manager at the Access Center who is fluent in American Sign Language!" - Brandice Valentino, C3 Beach Outreach Santa Monica.