The People Concern

Because everyone should be housed, healthy and safe.

aka OPCC & Lamp Community   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.thepeopleconcern.org

Mission

The People Concern is one of Los Angeles County’s largest nonprofit social service agencies. We strive to end homelessness by providing care and support for those experiencing it, through outreach, housing, mental and medical health care, substance use services, domestic violence services, life skills & wellness programs and income assistance. Since 1963, we have been the leaders in our field. Our staff, volunteers and those we serve all work together to address the effects of homelessness, poverty, mental and physical illness, abuse and addiction. We work to educate the broader community about these issues and improve public policy. The People Concern is a family – one dedicated to a community where everyone, regardless of the struggles they are overcoming, is housed, healthy and safe.

Ruling year info

1966

Chief Executive Officer

John Maceri

Main address

2116 Arlington Ave., Suite 100

Los Angeles, CA 90018 USA

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EIN

95-6143865

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Interim and Permanent Supportive Housing

Following a “Housing First” model, we work closely with program participants to get them housed as quickly as possible and continue to provide individualized ongoing supportive services even after they have moved into their homes.

Due to the shortage of available affordable housing, our program participants often need interim housing during the time it takes for a permanent housing option to become available to them. For this reason, The People Concern operates eight housing programs throughout LA County with on-site access to physical, mental, and life skills resources.

Population(s) Served

Outreach provides us with the opportunity to engage individuals experiencing homelessness where they are; on their own turf, on their own terms, and work to develop a trusting relationship that will culminate in providing holistic services including housing and physical and mental health care.

Our mobile service-rich outreach teams target some of the most vulnerable members of our community: homeless tri-morbid (having mental illness, physical health problem/disability, and substance addiction) individuals on the street. Engagement services and physical and mental health care are provided directly on the streets if necessary.

In addition to our mobile outreach teams, the Access Center in downtown Santa Monica serves as a safe space open daily for these vulnerable individuals to use. It is the point of entry for program participants and serves an average of 200-225 people daily.

Population(s) Served

The People Concern integrates mental health care with all its services and programs. There are mental health clinicians based at each location and program of The People Concern. In the field, the Resnick Home Team Program provides in-home care for those who have been housed, while multiple mobile outreach teams provide care for unsheltered individuals with the highest levels of vulnerability.

Population(s) Served

With access to onsite, mobile, and in-home medical care, The People Concern program participants are able to maintain and improve their health and relieve some of the stress on public services.

For individuals living with chronic, acute medical issues, The People Concern provides recuperative care services at our interim housing site SOLAR in Compton. With meals, full-time nursing care, case management, linkage to permanent supportive housing, and health and diet education, residents can stabilize after a hospital stay. Case managers and advocates work to place the program participants in permanent housing once they become stable. Since its opening, SOLAR has saved Los Angeles County an average $14,000 in related health costs per patient.

Population(s) Served

Mental health and physical health challenges, plus the trauma of living life on the streets, can cause a person to self-medicate. The People Concern does not exclude individuals with substance use problems from receiving services. The People Concern makes every effort to work with individuals regardless of where they are in their recovery process, taking a "Harm Reduction" approach to long-term wellness.

Population(s) Served

Founded in 1977, Sojourn is The People Concern's dedicated domestic violence program, providing shelter and assistance for survivors of domestic violence, including children. The program connects individuals with services including a 24/7 hotline [(310) 264-6644], children's support programs, adult support groups, court advocacy/legal assistance, and mentorship.

Population(s) Served

The Wellness Program provides our program participants with psychosocial and life skills interventions to increase their coping skills and improve their quality of life. The People Concern’s model of integrated and comprehensive care empowers our participants to navigate the multi-faceted obstacles in their lives, become their best selves, and ultimately, connect with and contribute to their communities. The People Concern employs a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Understanding that physical health and mental health are interconnected, an integrated multi-disciplinary approach is used in all facets of our programming to help promote wellbeing in our program participants.

Programs include a wide range of groups and classes, including Coping Skills, Anger Management, Harm Reduction, Music, Poetry Writing, Art, Yoga, and Healthy Living, among other skill-based workshops. The People Concern is also home to the Skid Row community art program Studio 526, in addition to access to education in nutrition, exercise, and tobacco cessation.

Population(s) Served

The People Concern does everything possible to assist our program participants to increase their incomes in order to become as self-sufficient as possible. Since many of our program participants have medical or physical disabilities, our staff begins working with program participants from the first point of engagement to assist them in applying for any benefits to which they are entitled. These benefits are crucial to their ability to pay their rent as they obtain housing.

Once benefits are secured, the agency provides a full service Money Management program for program participants and individuals who have chosen to deposit their government benefits and other income with the agency. As part of its service offering, program participants receive personal banking services including financial counseling, budgeting and bill payment services, and financial literacy support groups - all geared toward helping these vulnerable adults take control of their finances.

Population(s) Served

k9 connection is an experience-based program which educates and inspires at-risk teens through the experience of bonding with and training homeless shelter dogs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This data reflects the total number of program participants served annually.

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All new employees receive training in trauma informed care.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The People Concern's vision is that the most vulnerable among us rebuild their lives-housed, healthy and safe through our highly effective model of comprehensive, integrated care. 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.

Specifically, we aim to:

- End homelessness
- End domestic violence
- Provide primary health care, mental health care, and substance use treatment
- Increase individual's self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life
- Contribute to making our community a healthier place for all our neighbors

With compassion and profound respect for those we serve, The People Concern provides a fully integrated system of care – including outreach, interim housing, mental and medical health care, substance abuse services, domestic violence services, lifeskills & wellness programs, and permanent supportive housing – tailored to the unique needs of homeless individuals, survivors of domestic violence, challenged youth, and others who have nowhere else to turn.

One of Los Angeles County’s largest social services agencies, The People Concern was formed in 2016 in a merger of two trusted social service organizations based in Los Angeles County, OPCC and Lamp Community. Informed by more than fifty years of work in the community, The People Concern is a leading provider of, and advocate for, evidence-based solutions to the multi-faceted challenges inherent in homelessness and domestic violence.

Our assets include:
- The second oldest continually operating domestic violence shelter in the state of California
- Our own mental health department to provide treatment, with a longstanding partnership with Venice Family Clinic (VFC), who provides onsite medical care
- Individualized support and services that are fully integrated and available to all clients
- An innovative, client-driven and results-oriented model. In addition to meeting the day-to-day service needs of our clients, The People Concern is continually creating and integrating groundbreaking practices into our work.
- Participation in nationwide research focused on best practices for ending homelessness and supporting vulnerable populations

Between July 2017 and June 2018, The People Concern:
- Helped 673 individuals move into their own homes, an 140% increase from the previous year
- Created eight new multidisciplinary outreach teams
- Connected 416 program participants with mental healthcare through counseling, therapy, and support groups
- Empowered an average of 160 individuals per month to improve their wellbeing by managing, reducing, or ending their substance use
- Improved access to medical care for an average of 244 people per month.
- Brought increased safety to the lives of 1,624 individuals through Sojourn, our domestic violence program
- Expanded our Money Management program by 22%, empowering 268 individuals to become financially stable and practice fiscal responsibility

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The People Concern

Board of directors
as of 6/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sarah Jessup

Financial Consultant

Term: 2018 - 2021

Bart Zitnitsky

First Republic Private Wealth Management

Rae Archibald

RAND Corporation

Greg Germann

Actor

Stephen Gunther

NUWI (New Urban West, Inc.)

Richard Hirsch

Nasatir, Hirsch, Podberesky & Khero

Steaven Jones

Steaven Jones Development Co., Inc

Gary Richwald

Public Health and Communicable Disease Consultant

Stephen Scherer

Scherer Bradford & Lyster

Charles Smith

Business Consultant

Diane Wilson

HSBC Private Bank

Julie Guest

Community Volunteer

Thomas Mahoney

UBS Financial Services, Wells Fargo & Co.

Jonathan Brenner

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Brian Temple

The Temple Companies

Charles Adams

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Charles Smith

George Hoag Family Foundation

LaMae Weber

Dream Warrior Group

Mehran Taslimi

Taslimi Construction Company, Inc.

Thomas Baxter

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Pamela Boyd

Toyota Motor Sales, USA

Gary Foster

Gary Foster Productions

Michael O'Brien

Financial Sponsors Group

Michael Parks

FlyawayHomes, LLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable