St. Joseph Center’s mission is to provide working poor 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 members of the community.

Since 1976, St. Joseph Center has been meeting the needs of low-income and homeless individuals and families in Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, and other communities in Los Angeles County. The Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization that assists people without regard for religious affiliation or lack thereof through comprehensive case management and mental health services and integrated social service programs. St. Joseph Center serves more than 7,000 individuals annually.

Multifaceted Outreach & Engagement, Housing, Mental Health, and Education & Vocational services are carried out at multiple sites in Los Angeles County, with most efforts centered on the Westside and in South Los Angeles. St. Joseph Center’s integrated programs provide clients with concentrated and coordinated access to services according to the nature of their needs. Current programs include:

Outreach & Engagement

Bread and Roses Café serves hot, nutritious meals to homeless men, women, and children in a welcoming atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Countywide Benefits Entitlement Services Team (CBEST) provides targeted advocacy to assist homeless men and women in obtaining sustainable income through such programs as SSI, SSDI, CAPI (DPSS), and the VA. These income streams are critical in helping people progress from homelessness to independent living.

Coordinated Entry System for Individuals is the region-wide collaborative led by St. Joseph Center that coordinates outreach and housing placement efforts for homeless individuals on the Westside.

Homeless Service Center provides long-term case management aimed at permanent housing, offers referrals for critical services such as substance abuse treatment, and makes emergency services, such as shelter placement, showers, laundry, and mailboxes available to homeless individuals and families.

Street Outreach/Housing Navigation Programs include the Vehicular Homeless Outreach Program in L.A. County Supervisorial District 2 along with Outreach teams focused on Culver City and Venice, which provide outreach and housing placement services for vehicular and street homeless individuals/families.

Venice C3 uses an innovative “County+City+Community” partnership approach. 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. For more information click here.


Chronic Homeless Programs in Santa Monica and Venice help the community’s most vulnerable homeless individuals obtain and maintain permanent supportive housing. The program focuses on serving persons who have been homeless for an extended period, are the most visible in the community, and may be high users of police, paramedic and emergency room resources.

Coordinated Entry System for Families is the region-wide collaborative led by St. Joseph Center that provides short-term rental assistance, resource referrals, and case management to homeless and at-risk families with children in an effort to support housing stability.

Housing for Health helps high utilizers of LA County public health resources obtain and maintain permanent supportive housing.

Housing Services assists homeless and low-income households in securing and/or maintaining voucher and project-based permanent housing.

Integrated Mobile Health Team provides mental health, physical health and substance abuse services to chronically homeless individuals through a multi-disciplinary staff working as one team to help clients obtain and maintain permanent supportive housing.

Rapid Rehousing provides move-in assistance and short-term rental subsidies to families capable of regaining self-sufficiency quickly.

Mental Health

Ánimo provides traditional and non-traditional mental health services to underserved Latino families and individuals on the Westside.

Recovery, Resilience and Reintegration Services provides mental health services to support housing stability, especially for formerly chronically homeless individuals.

Monetary Advisory Program (MAP) provides at-risk mentally ill adults with case management, money management, financial literacy classes, along with help finding and maintaining housing.

Santa Monica Youth Resource Team works with Santa Monica youth, ages 16-24, to help them and their families address issues ranging from basic needs to housing, mental health and educational / vocational services.

Senior Services/Prevention and Early Intervention provides case management and mental health support aimed at improving low-income and homeless seniors’ housing stability, overall functioning, and quality of life.

Education & Vocational Training

Codetalk trains low-income women in computer coding skills to help them obtain employment in the tech sector. For more information click here.

Culinary Training Program educates low-income adults in food service and life skills to help them obtain jobs. For more information click here.

Early Learning Center (ELC) provides children 18 months to 5 years old the opportunity to learn, grow, and become self-sufficient, independent learners in a nurturing and socioeconomically diverse environment. For more information click here.

Food Pantry provides low-income households with supplemental groceries, nutrition education, and workshops designed to increase wellbeing and support progress toward self-sufficiency.