The Funds Will Support the Organization’s Interim Housing and Wellness Programs

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 01, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — The People Concern, a nonprofit organization leading the effort to end homelessness in Los Angeles, announced today it has been awarded a grant from the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation in the amount of $25,000. The grant funds will help provide interim housing and comprehensive, integrated offerings including mental health, medical care, substance abuse services and wellness activities.

“Receiving support from the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation reminds The People Concern’s program participants that the community cares about their housing, their wellbeing and their lives,” said John Maceri, Executive Director of The People Concern. “The Anthem Blue Cross Foundation’s generous gift will have a considerable impact on The People Concern’s mission of ending homelessness in Los Angeles and we are so grateful for their support.”

Anthem Blue Cross Foundation chooses recipients of the yearlong Program Grants based on an organization’s ability to provide tangible and measurable results in their respective mission. The People Concern’s problem-solving approach to combatting homelessness has produced profound results, specifically that 98 percent of those housed by the organization and provided with wrap-around services are never homeless again.

Within the The People Concern’s Wellness Program, participants also see changes in their health indications, such as waist circumference and BMI.

About Anthem Blue Cross Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Association promotes Anthem Blue Cross’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that the company serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ pledges. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross names and symbol are registered marks of the Blue Cross Association.

About The People Concern
One of Los Angeles County’s largest social services agencies, The People Concern is working to end homelessness through its proven approach that focuses on housing first with wraparound services. The People Concern provides a fully integrated system of care – including outreach, housing services, mental and medical health care, substance abuse services, life skills, and wellness programs – tailored to the unique needs of homeless individuals and victims of domestic violence. Ninety-eight percent of those in housing supported with wraparound retention services will never be homeless again. This innovative evidence-based model has been proven in communities throughout Los Angeles County and recognized and replicated across the country. For more information, visit

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