Venice Community Housing supports and builds equitable and inclusive communities by providing affordable housing with supportive services, education, employment programs, and public policy advocacy that advances racial and economic justice.
Venice Community Housing (VCH) was founded in 1988 as a grassroots movements to develop comprehensive solutions to rising rates of homelessness and an increasing need for affordable housing for low-income individuals and families. Since then, VCH has worked hard to invest in permanently affordable housing, advance health housing-based solutions for unhoused people, promote youth development and education, and build strategic partnerships focused on equity and inclusion. VCH believes we must challenge root causes of hosing injustice and homelessness and actively confront all forms of racism in order to ensure equitable communities with access to health, safe, and affordable homes for all.
Venice Community Housing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN # 95-4200761
VCH touches the lives of over 1,200 individuals each year through the following programs and services:
Housing: VCH currently owns and operates 286 units of affordable and supportive housing in 18 properties and operates an additional 28 units of short-term housing for families and transition aged youth experiencing homelessness.
Resident Services: VCH provides trauma-informed resources and supports that tenants and program participants need to secure and maintain housing, improve health, enhance education, and thrive in their communities. Services and
resources include one-on-one case management and counseling, health and mental health supports, food and transportation assistance, and many more.
Youth Education Programs: VCH provides comprehensive educational, job training and leadership development opportunities for youth ages 18 – 24, including an on-site high school. VCH’s Study Lounge program provides academic focused after school activities including tutoring, mentoring, and recreation for children ages 6-12 in partnership with UCLA TEACH.
Community Engagement and Advocacy: VCH engages its tenants and program participants, and the community more broadly, to inform and enhance its work and impacts. Additionally, VCH staff, Board, tenants and supporters are active in advocacy efforts that increase affordable housing production and preservation, protect and strengthen tenant
rights, prevent the criminalization of homelessness and poverty, support low-income youth, and otherwise advance social and racial justice.