The People Concern
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Organization ProfileMission Statement
The People Concern believes no one should have to live on the street or in a violent household. Our staff, volunteers and those we serve work together to address the effects of homelessness, poverty, mental and physical illness, abuse and addiction. Our programs empower the most vulnerable among us to improve their quality of life – housed, healthy and safe – and become active participants in the community. We also work to educate the broader community and improve public policy.
The People Concern empowers the most vulnerable among us to rebuild their lives.
One of Los Angeles County’s largest social services agencies, The People Concern was formed in 2016 in a merger of two trusted social service organizations based in Los Angeles County, OPCC and Lamp Community. Informed by more than fifty seven years of work in the community, The People Concern is a leading provider of, and advocate for, evidence-based solutions to the multi-faceted challenges inherent in homelessness and domestic violence.
With compassion and profound respect for those we serve, we provide 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’s model of integrated and comprehensive care empowers our participants to navigate the multi-faceted obstacles in their lives, become their best selves, and ultimately, connect with and contribute to their communities.
Regional: Los Angeles County
Average Board Tenure
At the heart of our organization are our people: we’re committed to a culture that fosters connection and belonging, so that all staff and program participants feel welcomed, valued, respected and empowered to be their best. As a social justice organization, we value and respect the humanity of everyone we work with and the people we serve. We strive to lead with the values and principles that enable The People Concern staff to develop their potential, bring their whole self to work and participate in an inclusive workplace. We seek to acknowledge and understand our own implicit bias, foster a safe environment to discuss and celebrate diversity, and recruit and hire a workforce throughout our organization that is reflective of our community and clients. We focus on comprehensive, scalable, and sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and education to affirm the agency as anti-discriminatory, anti-racist and consciously inclusive. We recognize that we all share in the responsibility to sustain a nurturing culture that intentionally and unequivocally safeguards our foundational principles in diversity, equity, inclusion, dignity, and respect for all. This is our pathway to mission-critical success in ensuring everyone is housed, healthy, and safe.
Health Care, Housing / Homelessness, Legal Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
2116 Arlington Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90018
The Board of Directors at The People Concern is currently comprised of 17 Board Members and is seeking up to five new candidates. We are actively working towards having a Board that better reflects the communities we serve.
The Board meets on the third Thursday of every month, and working committees determine their own schedule according to need. At the monthly Board meetings, members receive updates from the CEO and Executive Leadership Team on priority issues within the agency and related current events that impact our work. We ask each Board member to make a commitment to learn about the philosophy and vision of The People Concern and to become familiar with the organization’s program components. Each of our Board members is considered to be an active representative of The People Concern’s mission and programs in the community and is asked to help develop a network of resources which will support The People Concern’s goals. The average time commitment for Board Members is approximately five hours per month.
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Board charitable giving policy
We request Board Members to ensure the financial viability of The People Concern through both personal financial support and through the cultivation of financial support from others. We ask you to demonstrate a willingness to give generously and attend fundraising, membership and public events that are held throughout the year. Toward that end, each Board Member should lead by example with a minimum annual financial commitment of a personally significant amount (with a minimum level of $10,000), making The People Concern one of their top priorities. We expect Board Members to give or raise an additional $30,000 in financial support annual from other individuals, companies, and/or foundations, for a total commitment of $40,000.
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Elected or Appointed Public Official