The St. Joseph Center in Venice has been selected to receive a $750,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for local efforts to move homeless people from the streets into permanent housing.

The grant, awarded to three other social service organizations, is part of $13 million in grants that the foundation will present to support an initiative by the Los Angeles Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness to end chronic and veteran homelessness in the county within five years.

The grants include: $9 million to catalyze the creation of 2,500 new permanent supportive housing units; $3.6 million to identify and house 4,500 of the most vulnerable people on the streets; $330,000 for an innovative pilot program to ease the transition into housing; and $200,000 to engage faith leaders and communities in the campaign.

“The Hilton Foundation has been championing solutions for long-term homelessness for two decades and we have learned that permanent supportive housing is the most cost effective and successful,” says Steven M. Hilton, president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. “This approach restores stability, autonomy and dignity and helps the individual integrate back into the community.”

Since 2004, the Hilton Foundation has provided more than $20 million in grants and loans to increase access to supportive housing in Los Angeles, resulting in the development of more than 2,300 units and initiating the establishment of the $30 million Los Angeles Supportive Housing Loan Fund, a foundation spokesman said.

The new Hilton Foundation grants include $9 million to Corporation for Supportive Housing over three years to spur the creation of 2,500 new permanent supportive housing units through a mix of lending, grantmaking, training, technical assistance to non-profits and government, and coordination and alignment of public systems.

In addition to St. Joseph Center, Mental Health America in downtown Long Beach, Skid Row Housing Trust in downtown Los Angeles and Step Up on Second in Hollywood will receive $750,000 each for efforts to transition the homeless into permanent housing.

“This campaign is a great step forward to eradicating long-term homelessness in our hometown, and we are proud to participate as a funder and advocate and to encourage others to join us,” Hilton said. “Making a difference in the lives of vulnerable people is our core mission and there could be no greater way to fulfill this mandate than to help our neighbors find homes, medical and other services and, most of all, hope.”

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