Founded in 1984 by a collaborative of local churches, synagogues, businesses and concerned individuals, People Assisting the Homeless’s (PATH's) mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families and communities. With the opening of PATH’s LA Center in 2002, the organization was able to bring 98 interim housing beds together with the PATH Mall program, a multi-service center where homeless individuals can easily access over a dozen supportive services in one location. Since its founding, PATH has grown into a consortium of five agencies that focus on rapid rehousing, street outreach, permanent supportive housing, and wraparound services to end homelessness for the most vulnerable populations.
The Outreach Navigator and Move-in Assistance program places chronically homeless individuals in permanent housing by collaborating with local homeless coalitions, social service organizations, local landlords, political leaders, faith groups, and community members.
Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC) opened its storefront youth center in February 2002 in response to an increase in youth violence in Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood. It provides 240 youth, ages 16-24, many of whom are in foster care, with leadership development and community empowerment programs that promote peace, unity and social justice. Services include counseling, case management, leadership development, job preparation, training in computer skills and music production, and community engagement and event organization.
The Gang Prevention & Intervention Program provides individualized, intensive case management services for gang-inclined or involved youth in Santa Monica and Venice.
Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission was founded in 1986 to reduce gang violence in Boyle Heights. Programs provide training, education and social services to low-income, primarily Latino, uninsured immigrants. It provides an emergency shelter, after school academic enrichment for K-12, early education centers, a thrift store, and a community organizing and civic engagement program.
The Guadalupe Homeless Project (GHP), provides women and families with rental assistance, motel vouchers, clothing vouchers, and bus tokens.
Founded in 2010, Saving Innocence provides rescue and restoration services to commercially sexually trafficked children. It is the only agency approved to respond directly to crisis calls from law enforcement and to deliver immediate intervention services. Since its founding, Saving Innocence has grown alongside LA County’s response to sex trafficking of minors and has helped nearly 700 minors escape sexual exploitation. It provides training on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) awareness, safety planning, victim identification, and intervention techniques for frontline professionals and teaches prevention-intervention workshops to youth in juvenile halls and group homes.
The Case Management program provides intensive first response services and long-term support to child victims of sexual exploitation helping them escape sexual exploitation and live an independent life.
Founded in 1984, Single Room Occupancy Housing Corporation (SRO Housing) is a non-profit community-based organization, dedicated to building a vibrant community for homeless and very low-income individuals in Skid Row. SRO Housing pursues its mission of community revitalization by providing clean, safe, and affordable housing; managing public spaces; and administering needed supportive services. SRO Housing provides affordable single-room occupancy housing with over 2,300 private, single units of housing throughout 30 properties.
The Supportive Housing Move-in Assistance program will identifies veterans experiencing homelessness, designates appropriate units of permanent supportive housing, and provides move-in assistance and move-in stipends.
Founded in 2009, the South Los Angeles Child Welfare Initiative (SLACWI) was created to break intergenerational cycles of poor developmental outcomes for children zero to five years in South LA and to reduce their risk of involvement with the foster care system. The Initiative works to build the individual, organizational and collective capacity of participants from 7 agencies and to provide a comprehensive “Early Childhood System of Care” for young children with an emphasis on children in kinship care and children born to teen mothers. It uses a holistic and cross-disciplinary approach to early childhood systems that combines health, early childhood education and social services to improve outcomes for children. SLACWI addresses change in both practice and policy to ensure that lessons learned improve the performance and impact of the organizations involved while ultimately informing better solutions for the entire field of child welfare.
The Early Childhood System of Care support families with children ages zero to five (75% of whom are zero to three) who live in South LA in receiving comprehensive support services through seven South Los Angeles Child Welfare Initiative (SLACWI) partner agencies, using St. John’s pediatric patient-centered home as the main entry portal.
The Southern California College Access Network (SoCalCAN) is an alliance of 20 nonprofit organizations founded in 2005 to increase college access and success rates for low-income, disadvantaged youth. As a forum for joint learning and collaboration, SoCalCAN provides member organizations the opportunity to strengthen capacity, enhance results, and broaden impact by sharing best practices, developing common tools, and building strategic partnerships.
The Youth Ambassadors of College Knowledge program trains and empowers tenth and eleventh grade low-income, medium- to high-achieving students at five high schools to prepare for and pay for college and to serve as 'Peer Ambassadors' who promote college-going among their peers.
Founded in 1964, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center (St. John’s) works to improve the quality of life for low-income children and adults who live in the poorest neighborhoods in LA County through low- or no-cost primary and preventative health care services. Its mission is to eliminate health disparities and foster community well-being by providing and promoting the highest quality of care in South LA. Through its 12 clinics, including five school-based health centers and one mobile clinic, St. John’s offers culturally and linguistically appropriate services that include physical exams, disease management, immunizations, obesity prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, dental screenings, counseling, case management, health education, early childhood programs including school readiness, and teen reproductive programming. In 2012, St. John’s provided 153,000 medical, dental and mental health visits and 53,764 health education and case management services to 47,500 low income patients.
The Bright Futures Initiative provides culturally sensitive primary and preventative health care, education, and coordination/referral services to children ages zero to three and their parent/caregiver.
The People Concern provides integrated services for individuals experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, at-risk youth, veterans, and individuals with severe physical and mental illness or substance abuse.
The Access Center provides individuals experiencing homelessness with daily engagement and consistent, concerted efforts toward housing and self-sufficiency.
Established in 1989, The Rape Foundation raises funds and provides financial support for programs operated by the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at Santa Monica –UCLA Medical Center, including the Stuart House program. The Rape Treatment Center is dedicated to providing expert, comprehensive care and treatment for sexual assault victims – children and adults; prevention education programs to reduce the prevalence of sexual violence; training for police, prosecutors, school personnel and other service providers to enhance the treatment victims receive wherever they turn for help; and other initiatives that increase public understanding about rape, encourage victims to report these crimes, and foster justice and healing.
The Stuart House provides expert, comprehensive, specialized, state-of-the-art services to sexually abused children and their families.
Founded in 2010, The Soldiers Project (TSP) is an independent group of volunteer licensed mental health professionals. It provides free counseling and support to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts. Services are also available to the families and other loved ones of service members. TSP provides help to service members and families struggling with issues related to the overwhelming trauma of war including the cycle from pre-deployment to deployment to homecoming and re-entry to civilian life.
The Adopt-A-College program provides volunteer therapists with a series of four training workshops, college faculty and administrators with in-service seminars and workshops, and veterans with counseling and support groups to help them return to college.
Toberman Neighborhood Center was established in 1903 as the Toberman Settlement House. Today, it provides social services and educational tools for low-income individuals and families in the San Pedro, Wilmington, and Harbor City/Gateway areas to achieve self-sufficiency. It aims to move people beyond poverty; create motivated, life-long learners; strengthen respect for the family unit; and cultivate urban peace and interethnic harmony. It provides an after-school program; a family resources program with case management and wrap-around education and employment support; and gang intervention counselors. It serves more than 18,000 clients each year.
The Toberman Gang Intervention Program provides targeted gang members who seek to exit gang life with individualized wrap-around rehabilitative services, including case management, counseling, mentoring, and job preparation in the Harbor/San Pedro area.
Founded in 1979, United Friends of the Children (UFC) empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care. UFC’s work is based on basic principles of developing trusting relationships with youth, high expectations for youth achievement, removing barriers to progress, and consistent long-term commitment and support. UFC offers housing and education programs serving more than 1,400 current and former L.A. County foster youth annually.
The College Readiness Program and College Sponsorship Program provides foster youth with the long-term, one-on-one support needed from middle school through college to prepare them to graduate high school and succeed in college.
Founded in 1992, U.S. VETS facilitates the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support. The organization provides comprehensive services to war veterans, including case management, employment assistance, job placement, and counseling. At its facilities, veterans progress through a continuum of services designed to help them increase their level of responsibility and prepare them to live independently in the community.
Outside the Wire provides veterans at community colleges and service members at the Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) who suffer from mental health related issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression with direct counseling and support.
Founded in 1970, Venice Family Clinic (VFC) was founded provides free, quality health care to people in need and has grown into the largest free clinic in the nation. It provides comprehensive primary health care, dental care, mental health services, health education and child development services, as well as public insurance enrollment. It provides 100,000 visits for more than 23,000 patients, including 5,800 children, annually.
The Mental Health Services and Early Head Start programs provide uninsured, low-income and homeless families with rental assistance, car repair assistance, transportation vouchers and clothing vouchers.
Founded in 2006, the Westside Infant-Family Network assists families with young children facing mental health issues exacerbated by poverty, homelessness, recent immigration, violence, and/or substance abuse. Its shared purpose is to ensure that infants to three-year-olds receive culturally sensitive emotional and developmental care and services to become securely attached, resilient, and productive adults. Partner agencies include Westside Children's Center, St. Joseph Center, Venice Family Clinic, Westside Family Health Center, Infant & Family Support Program, and Mar Vista Family Center. Three tiers of service are offered at no cost: (1) Case managers identify and refer families to basic services such as childcare or housing; (2) Bilingual, bicultural therapists provide in-home dyadic therapy; and (3) Families access psychiatric services and medication if needed. A study by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation identified WIN as one of eight exemplary place-based programs in the nation serving young children.
The Case Management program provides professionalized services in infant mental health and assists families facing mental health issues exacerbated by poverty, homelessness, recent immigration, violence, and/or substance abuse.
People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)Outreach Navigator and Move-in AssistanceAddressing Homelessness in Los Angeles
Pico Youth & Family CenterGang Prevention & Intervention ProgramGang Prevention & Intervention
Proyecto PastoralGuadalupe Homeless ProjectEmergency Assistance for Basic Needs
Saving InnocenceCase ManagementHuman Trafficking
Single Room Occupancy Housing CorporationSupportive Housing Move-in AssistanceAddressing Homelessness in Los Angeles
South Los Angeles Child Welfare InitiativeEarly Childhood System of CareEarly Childhood
Southern California College Access NetworkYouth Ambassadors of College KnowledgeCollaborative Grants
St. John's Well Child and Family CenterBright Futures InitiativeEarly Childhood
The People ConcernAccess CenterAddressing Homelessness in Los Angeles
The Rape FoundationStuart HouseDomestic & Sexual Violence Prevention and Support
The Soldiers ProjectAdopt-A-CollegeFinancial Literacy and Veterans
Toberman Neighborhood CenterToberman Gang Intervention ProgramGang Prevention & Intervention
United Friends of the ChildrenCollege Readiness Program and College Sponsorship ProgramFoster Youth: College Access & Career Readiness
United States Veterans Initiative (U.S. VETS)Outside the WireFinancial Literacy and Veterans
Venice Family ClinicMental Health Services & Early Head StartEmergency Assistance for Basic Needs
Westside Infant-Family NetworkCase ManagementCollaborative Grants