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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

Leaving: The Challenges Faced When Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Leaving: The Challenges Faced When Leaving an Abusive Relationship

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We invite you to play Leaving: The Challenges Faced When Leaving an Abusive Relationship, a choose your own adventure-style game that positions you as a victim of domestic violence who has decided to leave their abusive...

Our 2020 Impact Report is here!

Our 2020 Impact Report is here!

Despite the challenges that emerged as a result of the pandemic, our teams remain committed to getting and keeping our most vulnerable neighbors #housedhealthysafe. We're excited to share a recap of the last year; thanks to your support, we were able to impact...

Happy Anniversary El Puente!

Happy Anniversary El Puente!

We are proud to be the operators of the first "A Bridge Home" site, El Puente, and are celebrating the two-year anniversary this month. Over the past two years, El Puente has served many and we have built a resilient community here with the end goal of placing people...

Inspiration Corner

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...

“You are capable of achieving anything!”

Brooke Crosswhite, the new Harm Reduction Emergency Shelter Advocate at The Village, facilitated her first Morning Jumpstart Meeting and provided goodie bags for each resident! Attached to each goodie bag was a handwritten note with an inspirational message for residents, "Thank you for coming to Morning Meeting! I am so grateful to see your face this morning and I hope you have a wonderful day. You are capable of achieving...

“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...

Sharon & Sissy celebrate their first Christmas in their own home!

"Happy Holidays from me and Sissy! We are wishing everybody lots of love this holiday season. We wouldn't have made it this far without your support. We are looking forward to our first Christmas in our own home - we even got a tree!" - Sharon & Sissy

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...

From Encampment to Housing

The People Concern's E6 outreach team helped move Rocky out of an encampment and into one of our interim housing facilities! While in interim housing, Rocky and his team will continue to work toward developing a long-term housing plan, while connecting Rocky to the services he needs to be successful. In the midst of the pandemic, and as the temperatures begin to cool down, our outreach teams are continuing to...

“Project Roomkey allows people to take care of their health and a lot more!”

"I have a client who I have been working with for a couple of months before the pandemic. He had a total inability to take care of his diabetes; he would never take his insulin and he'd lose his medication constantly. I would get it for him almost every week. Now, after I was able to place him in a Project Roomkey (PRK) site, he has a little fridge in...

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.”