Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles
About Cardinal Manning Center
On any given night in Los Angeles . . .
- Just over 43,000 people are homeless, almost 20% of these families with children, the highest homeless population for any major metropolitan area in the country.
- Another 16% to 20% of homeless adults are employed in low paying jobs.
- 42% are chronically homeless individuals having one or more serious handicaps such as mental illness, substance abuse, or a physical disability.
- 18% of L.A. County residents and 25% of L.A. County’s children live below the poverty line.
- 73% of low-income renters pay more than 50% of their earnings in rent.
For more than 50 years now. the Cardinal Manning Center has been a constant, reliable presence for homeless people in the Skid Row Area of Downtown Los Angeles. The Center’s primary goals are to enable homeless men and women with children to:
- stabilize their life circumstances
- regain their self-sufficiency, and
- find permanent housing & employment
The Center accomplishes these goals by providing it’s clients with:
- employment counseling
- group discussion sessions
- budgeting & financial counseling
- individual therapy
- computer room
- transportation expenses to work and
- client advocacy and referral services for accessing permanent housing & other crucial social services.