About Illumination Foundation
At Illumination Foundation, our mission is to provide targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless clients in order to disrupt the cycle of homelessness in Southern California.
“Every person deserves compassion, dignity, and the safety of a place to call home.“
Paul Cho, Co-Founder & CFO, Illumination Foundation
Why is Illumination Foundation here?
Over 55,000 people are homeless in Southern California each year.
In Orange County, over 32,000 children are unstably housed.
1 in 4 children live below the poverty line.
91% of children we server have faced moderate to severe trauma prior to entering our program.
The average lifespan of a homeless person is 48 years.
30% of homeless individuals have at least one chronic health condition.
91% of the public believe homelessness is primarily caused by drug and alcohol abuse.
85% of the public believe homelessness is primarily caused by mental illness.
The truth is that most cases of homelessness stem from lack of access to resources, chronic illness and financial insecurity.
“Everyday, we wake up with the thought that today, we’re not only going to save some lives, but try to give these individuals a better quality of life.“
Paul Leon, President & CEO, Illumination Foundation
We’re here to disrupt the cycle of homelessness.
Our newly developed Street2Home initiative uses innovative programs, integrated care, and unique partnerships, to help homeless clients find lasting stability.
We assess clients in order to identify needs and provide immediate relief when necessary, followed by care that combines housing assistance, case management, medical care, mental health services, and workforce training and placement services to decrease community dependency. We offer a low-entry threshold to access health and housing stability for the most vulnerable members of our community, with a focus on families and those with chronic health conditions.