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The Project Description

The OPCC Community Model provides nightly shelter (25 beds) and an array of services to men and women who are homeless with mental illness on the Westside of Los Angeles. The Westside area is generally bound by Mulholland Boulevard on the north, Washington Boulevard on the South, La Cienega Boulevard on the East, and the ocean on the West. The OPCC Community Model is located at 1751 Cloverfield Boulevard in the City of Santa Monica (shown below).

Architectural rendering of the OPCC Community Model. The property is two stories, consisting of approximately 22,000 square feet, on a three-quarter of an acre site, and will serve 55 guests.

In 2003 OPCC purchased an existing commercial property to site the Community Model and Safe Haven, and to provide offices, food preparation and dining areas, restrooms and showers, clothing distribution, laundry, sleeping areas, recreation space, and storage. OPCC hired Killefer Flammang Architects to design an attractive setting for the clients to encourage participation in programs while incorporating security measures to assure the safety of participants, staff, and neighbors.

Services offered include street outreach, emergency and transitional shelter, meals, showers and restrooms, laundry facilities, mental health services, health care, job training and referral, money management, education, independent living skills training, alcohol and drug abuse services, socialization and recreational opportunities, HIV/AIDS services, housing, transportation and long-term case management. Twenty-four hour staffing is provided.

OPCC Community Model is located at 1751 Cloverfield Boulevard in the City of Santa Monica. The site is just two blocks North of the Cloverfield exit off the 10 Freeway.
Map is not to scale.


The California Endowment provided ‘seed’ funding for the project in the amount of $1 million in order to develop the project, to document the effort and develop training materials and workshops to assist other communities nationwide to create similar Safe Haven and Community Model projects. In order to complete the project, the collaborative partners successfully leveraged almost $11 million for acquisition, rehabilitation, and operation of the project from both public and private sources as follows:


Funding Amount

  Purpose for Funds

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, McKinney-Vento

$2,083,000   Capitol operating and services

California Emergency Housing and Assistance Program (EHAP)

$1,000,000   Rehabilitation
St. John’s Health Center Foundation

$100,000   Services
County of Los Angeles, Condo Conversion Fund

$200,000   Rehabilitation
County of Los Angeles, Department of Mental Health AB 2034

$200,000   Rehabilitation
City of Santa Monica, HOME Investment Partnership Program and Tenant Ownership Rights Charter Amendment (TORCA) funds

$7,400,000   Acquisition and rehabilitation
Total    $10,983,000.00