Drop-In Center for the homeless and/or mentally ill in Santa Monica ages 16-28.Read More
Provides integrated services to the most vulnerable members of the community.Read More
Sign up for youth or adult classes, and learn more about how to use Santa Monica’s parks and beaches.Read More
The Santa Monica Public Library has programs, classes, resources, and services for all ages.Read More
A comprehensive guide to all the programs offered for kids and families of all ages.Read More
Get legal advice on immigration and other issues.Read More
Know your rights when it comes to immigration. Hours of operation: From 5-7 pm on Thursdays.Read More
Every Wednesday, from 4-7 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park, get legal advice on issues around immigration.Read More
Santa Monica's Section 8 Housing Program.Read More
A free and voluntary program designed to assist voucher residents in saving money.Read More
Helps tenants and landlords understand their rights and responsibilities in all situations.Read More
Each neighborhood has a dedicated person connected to the Police Department. Find out yours.Read More
The HLP Team works collaboratively to address the day-to-day issues around homelessness.Read More
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System helps veterans access services and permanent housing.Read More
Homeless Community Court
Santa Monica’s Homeless Community Court is a problem-solving court program that addresses the legal issues of homeless individuals with the purpose of connecting them to services and permanent housing. By addressing root problems that lead to criminal behavior participants are less likely to repeat offenses that land them back in front of a judge.
Participants faced with charges related to non-violent misdemeanors are given the option to enroll in the program. Once enrolled, they are required to meet regularly with a case manager from a local service provider that connects them to supportive services like job training, rehabilitation or mental health care, and permanent housing. Upon successful completion of the program, charges are dismissed by the court.
The Court is a collaborative effort among the City of Santa Monica, Los Angeles Superior Court, the L.A. County Public Defender’s Office and homeless service providers. The L.A. County Department of Mental Health (DMH) leads mental health administration by providing a dedicated staff psychiatrist to work with the community-based providers assigned to each participant, and to evaluate the participant and coordinate their mental health care via connection to mainstream DMH services.
The success of this program is based on the shared belief that helping a participant access and maintain appropriate mental health treatment, sobriety, and housing is good for both the community and the defendant.
Results: February 2007 - September 2018
178 (61%) program graduates
118 program graduates moved into permanent housing
Helps prioritize the most chronic and visible individuals, and connect to services and housing.Read More
Reunites people with family/friends who are willing and able to offer permanent housing and support.Read More