1736 Family Crisis Center's mission is to comprehensively help children, women, men, Veterans and families through crisis circumstances, including domestic violence, human trafficking, homelessness, abuse, neglect, poverty, substance use, post-traumatic stress disorder, and distress, and to improve their prospects for long-term housing, safety, survival, financial stability, and success.
The agency’s overall vision—to help those most in need develop safe, self-sufficient lives—informs the following organizational goals: 1.) Meet emerging community needs and change societal perspectives on issues tied to our mission; 2.) Continue to provide existing services despite changing funding structures and priorities; 3.) Expand direct services programming to fill current gaps in community services; 4.) Maintain streamlined governance and operations to sustain and expand direct services in a cost-effective manner.
1736 FCC was founded in 1972 to shelter girls and boys who were sleeping on beaches in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. In response to community need for domestic violence services, we opened an emergency shelter in 1981. In 1984, we established the first transitional shelter in Los Angeles that offered a clinically-based, trauma-informed program--and were the only such shelter in the county for nine years.
Today, 1736 FCC operates four domestic violence shelters, an emergency youth shelter, five in-house, 24-hour crisis hotlines, four Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) crisis intervention services teams in collaboration with the Los Angeles Police Department; permanent housing programs for domestic violence survivors and their children; a job development and placement program, life skills and financial education through case management sessions and empowerment workshops, as well as mental health services for victims of abuse and trafficking; a legal services program, two FamilySource Centers (e.g. high school and college preparation services, free tax preparation, employment development for parents, benefits assistance, and other basic needs services), rapid re-housing and supportive services programs for homeless and at-risk Veterans; five Community Service Centers that provide outpatient counseling and supportive services for low-income community residents at 30 residential, outpatient service and co-location sites throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Additionally, the agency coordinates outreach and educational activities to promote awareness of domestic violence, youth homelessness, and low-income/poverty issues and offers linkages to available resources for the community. Each year, we reach approximately 25,000 individuals through direct services and community educational outreach efforts. All services are provided free of charge in English and Spanish.