The mission of the Cathedral Square Homeless Program is to house the downtown homeless and assist them in becoming
self-sufficient within three months.
Square Homeless Program, administered by the Cathedral St. Vincent de
Paul Society (SVDP), began providing services to the
downtown homeless in November of 2005. Representatives of
the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, SVDP, the Downtown Partnership, the
California State Association of Counties, and the Pyramid
Alehouse created the program to ease the downtown homeless
problem by finding housing for those in need. An
average of sixty people were living on the streets in the
area bounded by Front and 16th Streets and H and L Streets.
Many homeless were sleeping on the Cathedral steps.
program provides chronic homeless individuals with a bed in a house, guidance, clothing, bus passes,
food, and other things necessary to achieve a life of
Individuals are given the assistance and tools they need to become self sufficient
in three months.
individuals who want to work, the program provides a
stable address, phone, ability to shower, clothes, food,
support and encouragement that make it possible to find
employment. The bus passes we provide allow
individuals to travel to interviews and work until they
receive their first paycheck. Once the
individual starts getting paid, we help them to find
individuals suffer from mental illness. Several
homeless individuals that come to us are eligible for
government assistance due to their disabilities.
Some homeless who enter into the program are not
receiving disability checks because they do not have an address. We help individuals apply
for and receive
assistance they are eligible for.
There are homeless individuals living on the streets that
need our help. Please be as generous as you can and
donate to the program.