OPCC. Empowering people to rebuild their lives.
OPCC, (formerly the Ocean Park Community Center), is a network of shelters and services for low-income and homeless youth, adults and families, battered women and their children and people living with mental illness. Founded in 1963, it is a community-supported organization in which staff, volunteers and clients work together with mutual respect to address the effects of poverty, abuse, neglect and discrimination. OPCC’s success with our clients stems from the full range of services provided by our ten main programs the Access Center, Campion Mental Health, Daybreak Day Center and Shelter, k9 connection, Night Light, Safe Haven, Samoshel, Shwashlock, Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children and Turning Point.


OPCC empowers people to rebuild their lives by providing a continuum of care for men, women and children who need assistance in returning to lives of self-sufficiency. In addition to basic emergency services such as food, clothing, showers, bus tokens, etc., the agency’s programs are designed to help individuals access the resources they need to ensure survival, end victimization and improve the quality of their lives. These resources include case management, mental health counseling, transitional housing and permanent housing with supportive services.


OPCC believes in the inherent worth and dignity of each individual. We assist our community’s citizens, regardless of their economic circumstances, age, physical or mental disabilities, or immigration status. OPCC provides a common ground for our diverse community to seek an end to human suffering by affecting public policy and advocating for responsive human services.

OPCC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The projects are funded in part by the City of Santa Monica, the County of Los Angeles, the State of California, the Federal Government and numerous private donations from concerned individuals, civic organizations, local businesses, foundations and religious congregations.


Ocean Park Community Center EIN # 95-6143865

Each year, OPCC and its projects serve 8,000 individuals. Of this total:
98% live below poverty level
85% are homeless
50% are mentally ill
44% are minorities
45% are female
20% are under the age of 21
A brief list of agency highlights include:
star One of the most successful supportive housing programs in the nation.
star A 90% success rate for the "graduates" of our transitional housing programs who remain permanently housed for one year or more.
star Providing counseling to 350 children, teens and adults through school outreach programs and the victims of crime program.
star Fielding 3,000 phone calls each year on our domestic violence hotline.