During St. Joseph Center’s recently completed full fiscal year (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) we permanently housed 304 homeless men, women, and children, including:
- •38 chronically homeless individuals (non-veterans)
- •27 non-chronically homeless individuals (non-veterans)
- •55 homeless veterans (both chronic and non-chronically homeless)
- •184 homeless adults and children in 85 families (both chronic and non-chronically homeless)
The Westside’s Coordinated Entry System — led by St. Joseph Center and including numerous other amazing partners — housed 283 chronically homeless individuals in permanent housing during this same 2015-16 period (including some of the chronically homeless individuals and veterans noted above).
Thanks in part to the local Venice Forward collaboration, the numbers above also include more than 79 Venice-based homeless individuals permanently housed by St. Joseph Center and our local partners during the pasty year. Over 40 of these individuals were highly vulnerable and at risk of dying on the streets. Also, our partner Safe Place for Youth (SPY) supported an additional 58 transition age youth from in and around Venice in reunifying with their families and obtaining other housing.
Other highlights of our positive impact in our most recently completed year include:
- •Food Pantry: Distributed enough food for clients to prepare at least 147,256 healthy meals at home, and provided 1,352 working poor households with access to resources and referrals through individual orientation/renewal meetings.
- •Bread and Roses Café: Served more than 25,000 meals to nearly 1,800 homeless individuals and 100% of clients were exposed to long-term services available through our Homeless Service Center.
- •Culinary Training Program: Graduated 50 students, 78% of whom found employment within 90 days from graduation.