August 4, 2022 12:49 PM
by Erin Taylor
The City of Santa Monica has many resources available for individuals experiencing homelessness. Below is an overview of some of the most helpful support available.
Community support services
For non-emergency calls:
Community Response Unit (CRU)
Santa Monica Fire Department’s Community Response Unit (CRU) leverages 9-1-1 interactions as opportunities to better assist and guide our community’s vulnerable populations to the services they need. They handle non-emergency calls to free up resources needed for more urgent calls.
If you need to access City or County social services:
Homeless Liaison Program (HLP Team)
The HLP Team consists of (1) Sergeant and (6) Officers, who work collaboratively with the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office, the Santa Monica Fire Department, the City’s Human Services Division (HSD) and the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (DMH ) to refer and connect individuals experiencing homelessness, substance abuse and mental health crisis with appropriate city or county social services.
If you need to connect locally to the police department for community-related issues:
Neighborhood Resource Officers
Each neighborhood has a dedicated person connected to the Police Department. The Neighborhood Resource Officer program exemplifies community-oriented policing in its truest form. The goal of the NRO program is to quickly identify community issues, concerns, and problems.
Chrysalis offers employment preparation classes and services designed to improve your job search skills, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, and employability.
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CLARE Foundation is a trusted community resource nonprofit organization providing effective and affordable alcoholism, substance abuse, and behavioral health treatment and prevention services for nearly 50 years.
Community Assistance Parking Program (Los Angeles)
In the City of Los Angeles, the Community Assistance Parking Program (CAPP) is an approved pilot program that allows homeless individuals the option to perform community or support services instead of paying for a parking citation.
Department of Mental Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) — the largest county mental health department in the country — directly operates more than 80 programs and contracts with more than 700 providers, including non-governmental agencies and individual practitioners who provide a spectrum of mental health health services to people of all ages to support hope, wellness and recovery.
Department of Public Social Services
The County’s Department of Public Social Services manages programs including CalWORKs, CalFresh, General Relief, Medi-Cal, and GROW.
Since 1989, Exodus Recovery, Inc. (Exodus) has provided quality psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment services to Southern California communities.
Jewish Free Loan Association
The Jewish Free Loan Association is a nonprofit agency offering assistance to people of all faiths facing financial challenges.
LA County Homeless Outreach Portal
LA-HOP is designed to assist people experiencing homelessness in LA County with outreach services.
Legal Aid Foundation – Domestic Violence Clinics
Family Law Attorneys may provide immediate legal assistance to low-income persons concerning child abduction, child custody and visitation, child support, divorce, and domestic violence.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
LAFLA operates four walk-in clinics that offer individuals who are representing themselves legal information, assistance in preparing legal forms, and guidance on a variety of civil matters, including evictions, divorces, paternity actions, and civil harassment. Santa Monica low-income renters can receive legal representation and support services to prevent evictions.
New Directions for Veterans
New Directions for Veterans (NDVets) is a licensed, long-term, drug and alcohol treatment program founded by formerly homeless veterans, and has provided clients food, shelter, support, and rehabilitation since 1992.
Across the state, PATH helps people find permanent housing and provides case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help them maintain their homes.
The People Concern
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, life skills & 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.
The People Concern – Sojourn
Sojourn, a program of The People Concern, provides domestic violence services, including crisis intervention, peer counseling, advocacy, referrals, and assistance to shelter.
Safe Place for Youth
SPY works with youth ages 12-25 who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, offering over a dozen different services, allowing them the flexibility to choose what they need.
Step Up delivers compassionate support to people experiencing severe mental health issues and persons who are experiencing chronic homelessness to help them recover, stabilize, and integrate into the community.
St Joseph Center
St. Joseph Center’s mission is to provide low-income working families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages, with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable, and self-supporting community members.
VA Greater LA Healthcare System
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System helps veterans access services and permanent housing.
Venice Family Clinic
Venice Family Clinic provides more than 114,633 primary care, specialty care, mental health, dental, and health education visits annually. Particular emphasis is placed on the needs of women, children, the homeless, and those with chronic diseases.
West Coast Care
West Coast Care’s top priority is reunifying homeless individuals with their families and close friends — rebuilding these essential support systems and equipping people for the journey back home.
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