For over 25 years, Venice Community Housing (VCH) has provided permanent, affordable housing to low-income people in and around Venice. In 2013 VCH housed over 500 people in its 14 properties, including 150 children and 160 formerly homeless individuals.
In contrast with other community housing corporations, VCH also strives to keep low-income people housed by delivering wraparound services that help both its tenants and others maintain personal and economic stability, including:
- Property Management – Management and maintenance of 195 units of affordable housing
- Resident Services – A range of on-site family services, including case management, job readiness and financial literacy workshops to help residents achieve economic and personal stability
- Venice YouthBuild – A comprehensive program providing education, job training and leadership development services to 40 out-of-school and out-of-work youth ages 17 to 24 each year to help them transition into successful adulthoods
- After School Programs – Academic-focused after school activities, including tutoring, mentoring and recreation, serving over 100 children ages six to 18 annually
- Teen Court – A peer-based program held at Venice High School that provides an alternative to the juvenile system for young people accused of first-time minor offenses and offering participants an inside view of the legal system