DTLA LIFE MAG #28 | SUMMER 2016 - Page 90

Building on its long history of homeless outreach, the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID)’s recent partnership with PATH [People Assisting the Homeless] has exceeded all initial expectations during its first six months, announced Carol Schatz, President, and CEO of the DCBID. the quality of life in Downtown Los Angeles. Bounded by the Harbor Freeway to the west, First Street to the north, Main and Hill streets to the east, and Olympic Boulevard to the south, the organization helps the 65-block central business district achieve its full potential as a great place to live, work, and play. For more than 16 years, the DCBID’s programs “Homelessness is one of the most critical issues cur- and initiatives have been the driving force behind rently facing Downtown Los Angeles and the DCBID the Downtown Los Angeles Renaissance. Now unihas always strived to contribute meaningful support versally recognized as one of the nation’s most dyto our neighborhood’s homeless community. And namic urban centers, downtown Los Angeles was the early returns from our new partnership with PATH recently heralded as ‘The Next Great American City’ appear to be making a significant difference,” said by GQ Magazine and listed as number 5 in the New Schatz. York Times’ ‘52 Places to Go in 2014.’ For more information, please visit www.downtownla.com/aboutThe partnership provides for two, full-time mobile us/who-we-are outreach teams to engage homeless individuals and, utilizing the County’s foremost screening and Thank you, Jim White triage tool (the Coordinated Entry System or CES), connect them with the most appropriate interim and permanent housing, mental health and wellness, education, and employment services. PATH founded in 1984, is ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. They do this by building housing and providing supportive services throughout California. In the last three years, PATH has helped nearly 6,000 people move off the streets and into permanent homes. Now, PATH has set a new goal to help 10,000 people make it home by 2020. To learn more, please visit www.epath.org Chrysalis is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. At three centers across Los Angeles County, the organization offers intensive one-onone case management with job-readiness classes, resume and interview support, and transitional jobs. Since 1984, Chrysalis has helped more than 55,000 men and women from across Los Angeles to regain the dignity, stability, and self-reliance that only a job provides. For more information, please visit www. changelives.org. The Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) has been the catalyst in Downtown Los Angeles’ transformation into a vibrant 24/7 neighborhood. A coalition of nearly 1,700 property owners in the central business district, the DCBID members are united in their commitment to enhancing THE WORLD IS A SAFE PLACE jim@theworldisasafeplace.com www.theworldisasafeplace.com