The mission of Venice Community Housing is to reduce homelessness, maximize affordable housing, empowering low-income constituents, provide social services, and advocate for public policy that protects and strengthens the economic, racial and cultural diversity of Venice and other neighborhoods on the Westside of Los Angeles.
Venice has historically been one of the most economically, racially, and culturally diverse neighborhoods in Los Angeles. More recently, Venice’s rich social fabric has been threatened by economic forces eliminating affordable housing for Venice’s low-income and working-class residents and eroding tolerance and appreciation for the diversity that has made Venice a global landmark. Since its founding in 1988, Venice Community Housing has focused on creating neighborhood-based solutions by providing affordable housing, supportive resident services, and pathways to higher education and employment.
VCH touches the lives of over 1,300 individuals annually through the following services:
VCH owns, manages, and maintains 216 units of affordable housing in 15 buildings throughout Mar Vista, Del Rey, and Venice, including 77 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless individuals and an 8 unit bridge housing program for homeless families.
VCH coordinates and provides resources that its tenants as well as homeless and other low-income individuals in the community need to secure or maintain housing and to build better futures for themselves and their families. Such resources include counseling, case management, food assistance, transportation assistance, parenting workshops, conflict resolution, and connecting tenants with services available at partner agencies.
A comprehensive program providing education, job training and leadership development opportunities to out-of-school and out-of-work youth ages 18 to 24 to help them transition into successful adulthoods and become leaders in their communities.
Academic-focused after school activities including tutoring, summer day-camp, mentoring, and recreation for children between the ages of 6-12. Our after school programs partner with the UCLA TEACH program are held at Broadway Elementary School and our Washington Courts apartment building. The Westside Science Club offers science, technology, engineering and math opportunities through hands-on experiential learning for elementary and middle school aged youth.
VCH operates a personal property storage program for homeless people at the Venice Beach Boardwalk. There is also a monthly food, clothing, and personal hygiene products distribution program, as well as transportation assistance..
For more information, visit the Venice Community Housing website at www.vchcorp.org