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Addressing Homelessness in Santa Monica



    If you’d like to be a solution to the regional crisis, please volunteer or donate.
Whether you’re a student, young professional, member of a family or faith group,
or a retiree, there are volunteer and donation opportunities offered for everyone
by community organizations that are working on the front lines of homelessness
in Santa Monica. 

One-time and ongoing opportunities occur throughout the year.

Local Service Providers:

The following nonprofit service providers work with individuals and families in our community that are homeless, at risk of losing their housing, and are low-income. See their websites for numerous volunteer and donation opportunities.

  • Chrysalis 
    Helps low-income and homeless residents in Santa Monica remove barriers to employment. The agency’s work in Santa Monica includes employment workshops and an on-staff weekly presence in the Pico Neighborhood at Virginia Avenue Park.  
  • CLARE Foundation, Inc.  
    Provides residential and outpatient support to people seeking recovery from alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Meals On Wheels West  
    Home delivered meals to house-bound seniors and people with disabilities.  
  • New Directions 
    Services for homeless military veterans in Los Angeles County.  
  • The People Concern (formerly known as OPCC)
    A network of housing and services that assist low-income, homeless and at-risk youth, adults and families, battered women and their children, and people living with mental illness. 
  • St. Joseph Center 
    Helps homeless men and women, as well as working poor families, build the inner resources and tools needed to become productive, stable, and self-supporting members of the community.  
  • Step Up On Second
    Helps homeless individuals with severe and persistent mental illness develop skills needed to reintegrate into the community. 
  • Upward Bound House
    Works to eliminate homelessness among families with children by providing housing and through services and advocacy. 
  • Venice Family Clinic
    Provides free, quality health care to people in need including homeless and low-income individuals in Santa Monica.  
  • Westside Food Bank
    Provides food to local food pantries. Food from WSFB often enables low-income residents of Santa Monica to stay in their homes, deterring the problem of homelessness.  
  • WISE and Healthy Aging
    Services for seniors including peer counseling, in-home services/care management, transportation, and an adult day service center.
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