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 6,000 individuals annually.


Multifaceted Outreach & Engagement, Housing, Mental Health, and Education 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

  • 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.
  • Coordinated Entry System is the region-wide collaborative led by St. Joseph Center that coordinates outreach and housing placement efforts for homeless individuals on the Westside.
  • Bread and Roses Café serves hot, nutritious meals to homeless men, women, and children in a welcoming atmosphere of dignity and respect.
  • Vehicular Homeless Outreach Program provides outreach and housing placement services for vehicular-homeless individuals/families in Rancho Dominguez.
  • Food Pantry provides low-income households with supplemental groceries, nutrition education, and workshops designed to increase wellbeing and support progress toward self-sufficiency.


  • Our Chronic Homeless Initiatives reach out to the most vulnerable homeless individuals in Venice and Santa Monica and help them transition into permanent supportive housing.
  • Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH) works with the V.A. to provide housing and long-term case management to homeless veterans.
  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families assists homeless/very low-income Veteran households with rapid re-housing, housing maintenance, and homelessness prevention services.
  • Housing for Health helps high utilizers of LA County public health resources obtain and maintain permanent supportive housing.
  • Homeless Family Solution System provides short-term rental assistance, resource referrals, and case management to homeless and at-risk families in an effort to support housing stability.
  • Housing Services assists homeless and low-income households in securing and/or maintaining voucher and project-based permanent housing.


Mental Health

  • Family Center (Ánimo) provides traditional and non-traditional mental health services to underserved Latino families and individuals on the Westside.
  • Senior Services provides case management and mental health services to at-risk housed and homeless older adults, with an emphasis on eviction-prevention services and housing placement.
  • 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.
  • Field Capable Clinical Services provides mental health services to support housing stability for formerly chronically homeless individuals.



  • Culinary Training Program educates unemployed adults in food service and life skills and helps them obtain jobs.
  • Code Talk trains women from low-income backgrounds for entry-level programming jobs in the tech industry.
  • Early Learning Center provides enriched childcare and parent education that nurtures children’s healthy development while promoting stability and self-sufficiency for their families.
  • Monetary Advisory Program provides at-risk mentally ill adults with case management, money management, financial literacy classes, along with help finding and maintaining housing.
  • Veterans Representative Payee Program provides at-risk veterans with case management, money management, financial literacy classes, along with help finding and maintaining housing.