During the 2015-16 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 annual positive impact include:
- •Case managed 726 formerly homeless men, women, and children in 465 families to help them retain their stable housing;
- •Graduated 50 men and women from our Culinary Training Program, 76% of whom found jobs within 90 days of graduation;
- •Graduated 26 women from Codetalk (our new technology vocational training program for women), 50% of whom found jobs working with technology;
- •Provided life-changing mental health services to 255 men, women, and children to improve stability, self-sufficiency, and quality of life;
- •Served more than 25,000 hot, nutritious meals to homeless men, women, and children at Bread and Roses Café;
- •Distributed enough fruit, vegetables, bread, milk, eggs, and other staple items for Food Pantry families to prepare more than 148,000 meals at home;
- •Prevented homelessness for 117 veterans receiving V.A. benefits and 130 individuals receiving Department of Mental Health benefits through representative payee services, and in the process managed $4,903,424 in client funds;
- •Provided education and enrichment to more than 55 children, 18 months to 5 years old, in a socioeconomically diverse, dual-immersion (English/Spanish) environment at our Early Learning Center;
- •Opened the Broadway Manchester Service Center in South Los Angeles to support our expanding work in this underserved portion of LA County.