Supporting Those in Need in Our Community
We have a long history of helping less fortunate members of our community to lead better, healthier lives. By establishing contract relationships with two trusted non-profits – PATH and Chrysalis – we are providing services for individuals experiencing homelessness and creating employment opportunities within the District.
Chrysalis is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for individuals experiencing homelessness and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.
For over 20 years, the DTLA Alliance has contracted with Chrysalis Enterprises to staff the BID’s clean team. The contract relationship between the DTLA Alliance and Chrysalis provides approximately 30 ongoing transitional employment positions. These positions provide valuable work experience which helps to remove barriers to permanent employment for individuals who have recently overcome life challenges like incarceration, homelessness, or drug addiction.
Since the DTLA Alliance's formation in 1998, the Downtown Center district has invested approximately $16 million with Chrysalis Enterprises, and approximately 2,100 Chrysalis clients have participated in transitional employment with the DTLA Alliance. Those clients have worked more than one million hours, and 70% of those who transition to permanent employment remain employed after six months. Please read about two powerful success stories of individuals who prospered after their experiences with Chrysalis and the DCBID.
To learn more about Chrysalis, visit changelives.org
A.C.T.I.O.N & PATH
The DTLA Alliance has dedicated more than $2.6 million on homeless outreach since 2000 and nearly $250,000 a year is currently budgeted for these services.
The A.C.T.I.O.N (Ambassador Community Training for Intervention, Wellness, Outreach & Networking) program was developed in conjunction with the California Hospital in 2000 to provide skills and tools to assist the DTLA Alliance personnel in engaging and providing services to those experiencing homelessness.
In 2015, the program was expanded through a contract with PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). For over 40 years, PATH has been helping individuals experiencing homelessness throughout California “find a path home” by providing permanent supportive housing, case management, medical and mental healthcare, employment training, and other services to help individuals maintain their homes. Since 2013, PATH has connected more than 7,500 people to permanent housing.
The DTLA Alliance contracts with PATH to provide two full-time mobile outreach teams consisting of four full-time individuals to connect those experiencing homelessness within the Downtown Center district to a variety of services, ranging from giving clothing, blankets, and transportation, to accessing medical services, rehabilitation programs, and temporary and permanent shelter. High-quality services are critical to ensuring that individuals and families experiencing homelessness can transition from living on the streets to thriving in their own homes.
To learn more about PATH, visit epath.org
Read more about the DTLA Alliance’s homeless outreach from The LA Times