CORT and Step Up Unite to Combat Homelessness in Los Angeles and Florida


As an ongoing commitment to build strong relationships with Supportive Housing Organizations, CORT has partnered with Step Up, a nonprofit that provides programs and services for adults experiencing mental health issues and chronic homelessness.

To kick off the giving season, CORT donated a one-bedroom furniture package on Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to supporting local non-profits, for a Veteran exiting homelessness through Step Up’s permanent supportive housing program.

The package included a total of 18 pieces necessary for furnishing a one-bedroom apartment, including a sofa, upholstered chair, coffee table, end table, dining table set with four chairs, dresser, mirror, night stand, headboard, queen mattress, box spring, bed frame and two lamps.

“Giving Tuesday is a fantastic way to encourage charitable giving during the holiday season,” said Doug Steil, area manager at CORT in Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to work with Step Up to make our community a better place.”

Just last week, Step Up, together with its development partner Wendover Partners, announced they are now bringing permanent supportive housing to solve homelessness in Seminole County, Florida. Thanks to CORT’s Southern California Area Manager Doug Steil, the Step Up team connected with CORT’s Florida District General Manager Sabrina D’Ali-Mendoza to continue this high impact partnership.

“What an absolutely terrific job the CORT team did in delivering and furnishing the Step Up apartment in Longwood, Florida.” said Kimberlee Albers, vice president at Step Up. “I am so impressed with the quality of the furniture and accessories. This morning a team of professionals came in and transformed the space!”

To date CORT has provided furnishings for 54 veterans through the free programs and services Step Up offers to abolish homelessness. As the leading organization ending chronic homelessness in Southern California, Step Up depends on the support of the community. For more information about getting involved, visit