Venice C3 Team on Launch Day in October 2016.

As part of LA’s unprecedented efforts to expand services and housing for people experiencing homelessness, St. Joseph Center is leading implementation in Venice of successful pilot program originally created in Downtown Los Angeles known as Venice C3 (County-City-Community Partnership).

The Venice effort focuses on men and women in the area around Third Avenue and Rose Avenue, where there is a concentration of individuals living on the sidewalks struggling with housing, mental illness and substance abuse.

The C3 model systematically engages people living on the streets; provides immediate access to resources such as interim housing, urgent care, primary care, mental health services and substance use disorder treatment; and helps them regain health and housing stability. The infographic below illustrates the C3 model and how we are implementing it in Venice to help solve homelessness in our community. This news story from Channel LA36 gives a nice overview of C3:

The C3 model is built on an intense three step process: Step One: An outreach team, working five days a week, begins to engage people living on the street. Step Two: As individuals living on the street get to know and build trust with the outreach team, they are assisted in connecting to various services and programs, including substance abuse and/or mental health treatment, detox, or bridge housing as appropriate. Step Three: individuals are supported to move into permanent housing and linked to ongoing supportive services and treatment.

In Year One, the Venice C3 team has set a goal of engaging 300 individuals, or roughly one-third of the men and women who are homeless in Venice, providing services to 150 of them, and securing permanent housing for 75 individuals. These projected goals are based on the success of the initial C3 pilot program.

Venice C3, is a partnership between LA City, the County of Los Angeles, the Department of Health Services, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Behavioral Health Services and St. Joseph Center.