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Real change, not spare change


To provide leadership and to manage and eliminate the destructive consequences of homelessness so that the community is protected, remains safe and our homeless people receive compassionate, effective services with access to shelter.



  • Connect homeless people to compassionate, professional services and available shelter.

  • Maximize community-wide involvement, education and support.

  • Ensure community protection and safety through effective law enforcement.



MBSAFE was founded in March, 2019 and  is an  nonprofit, tax exempt corporation.

We began discussing homelessness and wanted to bring the community together to find solutions to the growing homeless crisis in our neighboring cities. 


Meet The Team


Lucia La Rosa Ames

Lucia is a Harvard Law School educated finance and securities attorney. After retirement, she served on the board of a women’s crisis health clinic, volunteered with the MBUSD PTA, and with Catholic social justice causes serving marginalized communities. She has served on the City of Manhattan Beach’s Homeless Task Force. She is a wife and a mother of two boys currently enrolled in the public school system.


Lee Phillips

Lee is a physician and and Public Health/Epidemiology expert educated at John Hopkins School of Public Health. She has worked on Global Public Health issues through WHO/Brighton Collaboration and with  Regulatory Authorities. She has served on the City of Manhattan Beach’s Homeless Task Force. Lee  believes homelessness in Manhattan Beach is a solvable problem.


Rita Crabtree-Kampe

Rita trained as a Speech/Language Pathologist and advocate for persons with special needs. She is a Certified Peer Specialist and does homeless outreach and education with several groups in the South Bay and DTLA. 
She is Secretary of the MBSAFE Board and serves as the Homeless Connect Chair. 

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Debbie Van Ness

Debbie Van Ness has a 30+ career as a communications professional.  Born and raised in Chicago, her career started as a broadcast journalist for an ABC affiliate station.  After moving to the west coast she had a decade long career in corporate media relations with SCE, representing the utility's interest in the press, where she honed her skills in crisis communications management. After a short break to start a family she returned to the work force and got involved in children's advertising where she now works.

Robert is a Manhattan Beach resident, with a law degree from Boston University.  He currently serves as Director of Contract Administration & Arbitration for the Marine Clerks Association, ILWU Local 63 in the Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) and as a Realtor for West Shores Realty. Robert has a long history of community service and helping those in need, from fundraising for the Harbor Boys and Girls clubs of Los Angeles to fighting childhood cancer to serving proudly as a US Marine.  

Robert Maynez



We believe in the principles of , "a hand up, not a hand out".  By connecting people with the resources needed to rebuild their lives we maximize the probability of success, one person at a time.  

  • ​We Coordinate with the City Of Manhattan Beach Homeless Liaison, law enforcement and first responders.

  • We organize community forums for information, dialogue and engagement.

  • We raise funds to finance services, and transition to temporary and permanent housing, and family reunification. 

  • We offer opportunities for community service. 

  • We collaborate with other Homeless Organizations, the LA County and neighboring communities.



Whether visible or not, homelessness is a part of every community in Los Angeles County. This is not a problem that we can delegate. Homelessness can be successfully addressed and prevented ONLY when the whole community cares and engages in solutions.

MBSAFE was created to promote such a community response through the following BEST PRACTICES:

  • Educate and inform the community.

  • Establish a community response team to engage with our homeless residents.

  • Establish a process for community to report issues related to homelessness.

  • Explore & implement solutions to our local issues with homelessness.

A hand up, not a hand out

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