Twenty-four Shelter Plus Care (S+C) clients at Turning Point celebrated eight years Thursday, July 13th, with what the RAND Corporation has described as “the best Shelter Plus Care program in the United States.”

Patrons were served Mexican cuisine catered by Teddy’s CafÈ in Los Angeles.

S+C is a federal Housing and Urban Development-funded rental assistance program designed to provide housing, supportive and rehabilitative services for homeless persons with chronic disabilities and their families.

Turning Point is a program of OPCC’s (formerly Ocean Park Community Center).

“We are part of the ‘Original 26’ who came to Turning Point to get help from this wonderful program,” says one client. “There are at least ten of us here today.”

Turning Point also provides intensive case management, counseling and support groups, job counseling, money management, health education, computer classes and independent living skills.

“I was homeless with an addiction problem and a young son with a behavior problem,” said Kathy, who was helped by S+C. “Today, thanks to Shelter Plus and Turning Point, we live in our own apartment and can give back something to the community.”

Another woman, Sherry, said how grateful she was “to have my own bedroom and my very own kitchen” because of S+C.

S+C now aids over 650 persons per year nationwide.

“Shelter Plus Care gives men and women the opportunity to stay independent while working toward self-sufficiency,” says Virgil Hill, Turning Point project director. “We want to thank the City of Santa Monica Housing Authority for their ongoing support.”

Turning Point is one of OPCC’s 11 programs on eight sites in Santa Monica and West Los Angeles that provide food, outreach, emergency services, transitional and permanent housing, mental and medical health programs, battered women and children services, case management, job counseling, leadership training, peer support, and in-depth preparation for independent living for over 10,000 homeless and low-income men, women, at-risk teens and children each year.

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