A Place to Call a Permanent Home

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Step Up

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Chief Development Officer: Lynne S. Elwan


Step Up delivers compassionate support to people experiencing serious mental health issues, and persons who are experiencing chronic homelessness, to help them recover, stabilize, and integrate into the community. Through dynamic partnerships, we provide positive social and learning environments, vocational training, permanent supportive housing opportunities, and recovery services to empower individuals to cultivate lives of hope and dignity. We exercise innovative leadership and advocacy to increase public understanding, support, and acceptance of all people living with serious mental health issues.

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Through my work as an actor on NBC’s medical drama New Amsterdam, I have been fortunate to work with writer Dr. David Foster. In his writing on the show and in conversations with me, he has spoken about his previous work providing medical and health care to the homeless in Los Angeles. He painted a vivid picture of the many people living on the streets who have mental and physical disabilities. I have always felt a strong affinity for those living with mental health issues though was unsure of what I could do to help. But I knew I wanted to. David introduced me to Step Up and I can see, first-hand, the tremendous impact this charity is having and the incredible difference they are making not only helping people on the streets but ending homelessness. This is a humanitarian issue affecting so many of the most vulnerable in our society. This is why I am honored to work alongside Step Up in their fight to end homelessness.
Janet Montgomery
Lead actress on NBC’s New Amsterdam

Staying Housed

Over the next year, Step Up will be running its “Bring 1,000 Neighbors Home” campaign, aiming to house that many new chronically homeless people across California. 

“Housing is a life-saving prescription,” says President and CEO Tod Lipka. “We’re disrupting the current housing system, but the fundamental problem is that we don’t have enough houses. We’re working to scale up housing development so there are sufficient units for the people who need it.” 

Step Up is looking to raise $5 million to cover building infrastructure, motel conversions, furniture, and mental health services, as well as maintaining their roster of 350 staff – from case managers and therapists to nurses and psychiatrists. The organization has a number of ambitious projects on the go in L.A County, including five new veteran housing facilities, and a handful of motel conversions. 

“Our ideal donor is someone with compassion,” Lipka says. “Someone who really understands the needs of the chronically homeless and wants to help those individuals rejoin the community and regain their dignity.”

Key Supporters

Ahmanson Foundation
Senator Ben Allen
Assemblyman Richard Bloom and Robbie Black
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Dr. David Foster
George Hoag Family Foundation
Aileen Getty
Corky Hale
The Home Depot Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Foundation
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation
Senator Sheila Kuehl
Congressman Ted W. Lieu
Janet Montgomery
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Martin and Janet Sheen
Zev Yaroslavsky