The mission of Venice Community Housing is to reduce homelessness, maximize affordable housing, empower residents, 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 poor 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 1,200 individuals every year through the following services:
VCH owns, manages and maintains 216 units of affordable housing in 15 buildings throughout Venice, Del Rey and Mar Vista, including 57 units of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals, a transitional living center for formerly homeless women and their children and a 21 unit permanent supportive housing development now under construction in Del Rey.
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. These resources include counseling, case management, food assistance, transportation assistance, parenting workshops, conflict resolution, and connecting tenants with services available at partner agencies and government programs.
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.
A volunteer-led program offering children and youth in the community opportunities to explore and experience science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on experiential learning.
A peer-based program held at Venice High School that provides an alternative to the juvenile system for young people accused of first-time minor offenses and offering participants an inside view of the legal system.
A personal property storage program for homeless people at Venice beach in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and the 11th District City Council office. There is also a monthly food, clothing and personal hygiene products distribution program as well as transportation assistance.
Please visit www.vchcorp.org to understand why VCH is a perfect match.