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Nothing About Us Without Us!

With the creation of its first permanent supportive housing building, Step Up’s three-pronged approach to services for individuals experiencing mental health conditions solidified: permanent supportive housing, workforce development, and member driven supportive services, reflecting Step Up’s core values of respect, dignity, wellness, hope, and collaborative relationships. “Nothing About Us Without Us” is at the heart of Step Up’s programming to help individuals with mental health conditions recover and thrive.

Led by by President and CEO Tod Lipka from its headquarters in Santa Monica, California, Step Up now operates or supports over 1000 PSH units, scattered sites and program support services offices in Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, as well as in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.  And over the last year, Step Up is bringing its expertise national, partnering with developers, local governments, and service providers in the Southeastern U.S. to provide permanent supportive housing for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in communities there.

In 2018, Step Up coordinated services for more than 2,500 unduplicated clients, ending homelessness for 1042 individuals through Step Up’s Housing First programs including 123 newly housed individuals in the Inland Empire.

Step Up members maintained a 96%
housing retention rate across all sites!

206 individuals participated in Step Up’s workforce development programs,
with 50 participants moving to unsubsidized employment, including 16 TAY.

27 individuals, including 20 TAY, enrolled in college or
in a high-school diploma program.

In addition, more than 46,000 meals were prepared by Step Up’s workforce development participants and served at Step Up on Second, Step Up on Vine and at Daniel’s Place, providing healthy meals to
community members experiencing food insecurity.

Step Up was named a 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year by State Senator Ben Allen.

The community need that Step Up is addressing with its services  is reflected in the numbers of people experiencing homelessness identified in annual Point in Time (PIT) Counts. PIT counts are a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. PIT Counts are required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and determine the allocation of critical federal dollars for housing and other services for the homeless.

The 2018 Point in Time (PIT) count for Los Angeles conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released on June 1st showed  there are currently 52,565 people in LA County experiencing homelessness.

People experiencing chronic homelessness, people with mental health conditions, and people with substance abuse issues represent approximately 30% of the population experiencing homelessness. Step Up’s programs and services address the needs and problems of these individuals.