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Addressing Homelessness in Santa Monica


November 11-19 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. All are encouraged to volunteer with their local organizations to take action against hunger and homelessness in the region.

2017 Holiday Volunteer Opportunities, 2017 Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities and Free Public Thanksgiving Meal Information

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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Human Services Division  l  1685 Main Street, Room 212  l  Santa Monica, CA 90401
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