Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles’ Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) is part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national movement of communities working together to find permanent homes for 100,000 of the country’s most vulnerable homeless individuals and families.
The following video on CBS' 60-Minutes highlights Nashville’s 100,000 Homes Campaign and shows the benefit of housing the homeless to both the individual and to the country.
This campaign in Los Angeles is led by Downtown Pathway Home’s Coordinated Entry System of which CMC is part. CMC provides bridge housing (transitional) for the most vulnerable homeless individuals who are risk of dying on the streets because of the fragility of their health, including chronic medical condition, mental illness and substance abuse, while waiting on permanent housing. During their stay at CMC, staff works with the residents in the following ways:
- Acquire documentation necessary to obtain housing (ID, birth certificates, social security cards)
- Apply for benefits they are eligible for, such as social security income.
- Provide counseling to address mental illness, addiction, and decision-making processes
- Case management to address barriers that caused homelessness.
- Promote self-worth, socialization skills, life skills, and dignify their human experience through group activities.
- Provide shelter, meals, showers, a safe and clean place to call home and build a support system before moving into their own apartments.