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HIGH ACUITY CLIENTS
Presented by Housing Innovations
TRAINING TOPICS: TBA (based on results of community survey)
SPDAT & VI-SPDAT
Presented by Iain de Jong, OrgCode, Inc
FISCAL & ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT
Presented by NPO Solutions
Training intended for Executive Directors, and Financial and Board Leadership
SPECIAL TRAINING: Becoming a VITA Site in 2015
Presented by Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC)
Training intended for organizations in Antelope Valley interested in becoming a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites during the 2015 tax season.
AV Transit Authority
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Sites interested in becoming a VITA location will be supported up to and during the 2015 tax season by KYCC staff
Below is a letter from Christine Marge, Director of Home For Good, reflecting on the Unite For Veterans Summit on July 16, 2014, which brought together providers, partners, and supporters from across LA and the nation to rally around ending veteran unemployment and homelessness:
Home For Good Partners,
Three and a half years ago, our community came together around the Home For Good vision of making Los Angeles a place where no one is forgotten, no one worries about having a warm, safe place of their own to sleep each night.
At Wednesday’s Unite For Veterans Summit, our community’s tremendous progress was acknowledged by our First Lady, Michelle Obama. In her inspiring remarks, she acknowledged, “Here in LA, the United Way and Chamber of Commerce have brought public and private partners together for an incredible program called Home For Good – and together, you have housed more than 9,000 veterans since 2011.” (Watch her full speech by clicking here)
The best part of the day was seeing so many of you brimming with pride during and after that moment, knowing you played a part in this transformation.
As Laura Zeilinger, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, reminded us in her thoughtful opening remarks, “the cost of doing nothing is never nothing.” I appreciate that each of you is committed to doing something – whether it be outreaching to people on our streets, providing mental health care, volunteering to provide companionship, contributing resources to our Collaborative, advocating for policy change, working to streamline Coordinated Entry, or walking at HomeWalk, you’re a critical part of this movement we’ve built together.
We were thrilled to see Mayor Garcetti rising confidently to the challenge from our First Lady as he signed on to the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by 2015, and expressed his commitment to partnering with us to reach Home For Good’s goals. He acknowledged the great power of L.A. in saying, “The greatest force multiplier we have in this town is 10 million souls that are committed to marching to that same point on the horizon, and to ending this battle and winning it for good.”
And yes, just as important as the tangible progress we’ve made together – housing over 14,000 people, including 9,000 veterans, harnessing over $360M in public and private funds for solutions, creating a coordinated entry system that’s a model for cities across the country – is the community we’ve built together, our persistence in reaching our goals, and the heart each of you brings to all we do. That’s what I felt most proud of this week.
So on behalf of the Home For Good team here at United Way and the Chamber and our Business Leaders Task Force, we thank you. We hope you, too, felt great pride as our collective efforts were lifted up on Wednesday. Special thanks to our co-sponsors at USC’s Price School of Public Policy and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, all of our inspiring speakers, and each of you, for doing the often thankless work you do each day. We see you, and we are so grateful for you.
In the words of Matthew Smith, the inspiring New Directions’ case manager who shared his journey with us on Wednesday, “I am proud beyond words that I now get to offer to other veterans every day the solution that was offered to me, and that is to COME HOME.”
We still have much work ahead of us, but I have no doubt that we will continue to lead the way for Los Angeles and for the nation by coming together to ensure we are all home for good.
Director, Home For Good
In Antelope Valley, community organizations are working collaboratively with law enforcement to train and support officers to effectively and compassionately respond to calls for mental health situations.
In 2013, an Antelope Valley Law Enforcement Mental Health Task Force was created to equip law enforcement personnel and first responders in managing mental health situations in the field. With Home For Good partner, Mental Health America, coordinating this diverse group of public agencies, law enforcement, first responders, and local service providers, they have made impressive headway in promoting peaceful interactions on the streets. Over its first year, the Task Force organized and executed trainings on a variety of issues including: recognizing signs and symptoms of mental illness, effective communication skills with the mentally ill, self-care and stigma. Additionally, they were able to create a useful “Pocket Resource Guide for First Responders in the Antelope Valley” as a reference and referral guide for anyone in the area to utilize.
As a result of these efforts, the group reported that 306 sheriff’s deputies were trained on more empathetically responding to mental health-related calls. This new approach has already led to several deputies receiving positive accommodation for their effective management of mental health-related situations. In a recent week where three separate officer-involved incidents that could have easily ended “lethally” the situations were deescalated by first responders, saving the lives of several individuals, including a 17-year-old teenager in Palmdale. The Task Force will continue to work collaboratively across public and non-profit sectors to increase the number of successful interactions between first responders and those with mental illness for the betterment of all living in the Greater Antelope Valley Community.
Congratulations to the Antelope Valley Law Enforcement Mental Health Task Force!
Law Enforcement Mental Health Task Force Members: Mental Health America – Antelope Valley Enrichment Services, Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff Stations, California Highway Patrol, cities of Lancaster and Palmdale Public Safety Offices, Edwards Air Force Base Security Forces, LA County Department of Mental Health, LA County Mental Health Commission, Penny Lane, Child and Family Guidance Center, Optimist Mental Health and National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Event Description: A two-fold event collecting furnishing, housewares and move-in kit materials for United Way partners working to move people into permanent housing.
Dates To Note:
- June 13-20th- Furnish the Homeless Hosts Drive at UCLA
- June 15-20th- Furniture and houseware deliveries made to partners, as available
- June 20th- United Way Day of Action to assemble move-in kits (Location: TBD)
- After June 20th- Kits available for pick up or delivery
MOVE IN KITS
For United Way Day of Action (June 20), corporate partners will collect supplies at their offices and come together to sort and organize supplies that will be distributed to partners who are interested.
Collections will take place at corporate partners’ offices throughout the month, with location of sorting on June 20th to be determined. Move-in kits can be delivered to or picked up can be arranged with any United Way partner.
COLLECTIONS: Welcome Home Kit supplies (eg. toiletries, towels, plates, etc)
PARTNER REQUIREMENTS: Notify United Way of the number of kits you would ideally like to have (*actual distributions may depend on supplies and interest). Communicate with United Way staff to arrange delivery or pick up from downtown offices.
UCLA Furnish the Homeless collections, students will be collecting new and like-new furnishings and housewares on and around the UCLA campus on June 13th- June 20th and will be delivering them directly to clients moving into new and turnover units.
Furniture collections will be made at and around UCLA campus by Furnish the Homeless, with deliveries being made to partners located through the County (preference for organizations within 15 miles of campus and/or organizations accepting multiple donations).
COLLECTING: Gently Used Furnishings; Donated and Like New home goods (* No mattresses will be collected)
PARTNER REQUIREMENTS: Work with United Way to identify client needs and delivery addresses at minimum 1 week prior to the collection week. Communicate with United Way staff leading up to and on the delivery date. Have staff (when applicable) available to accept delivery. All organizations welcome to email interest, preference for organizations within 15-20 miles of campus or accepting multiple donations
If you are interested in this great opportunity for move-in supplies and kits, please email me (email@example.com) no later than May 23rd
Last month, United Way Program Officer Zahirah Mann and Home For Good intern, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Ul led a Veterans Group at this year’s CSH Lobby Day. This day of action brought together housing provider leadership, staff and residents, with local and state legislators to advocate for bills focusing on creating affordable housing for California residents. Legislative visits focused on two important pieces of legislation currently under consideration: Senate Bill 391 CA Homes & Jobs Act (D-DeSaulnier) and Assembly Bill 2061 Foster Care Prevention (D-Chau).
Our group educated politicians and advocated for support of SB 391 (CA Homes and Jobs Act), which is estimated to generate upwards of $500 billion dollars towards affordable housing, in addition to 29,000 new jobs in the construction sector. Housing advocates pointed to SB 391 as another piece of the solution, which will reallocate much needed, and currently unutilized, funding to alleviate gaps in housing for our Veterans. Additionally, our group discussed another bill, AB 2061, which focuses on foster care prevention by allocating funding towards housing assistance for Public Child Welfare involved families. According to CSH, “As many as 30% of children in foster care could be reunited with families if the family had access to a safe place to live, demonstrating homelessness is a barrier to family reunification.” Discussion on the importance of these two bills to provide valuable resources in support of these populations is vital to ending homelessness amongst veterans and foster youth.
All California Assembly Member offices (Salas-D, Brown-D, Muratsuchi-D, Gorrel-R, and Fox-D) that United Way was able to meet with displayed positive interest in the bills and continuing to educate themselves prior to making a decision. These elected officials though rely on their local constituents and community members to inform their ultimate decisions. Californians can take action by contacting their local legislative representatives to support these important bills. Learn how to send your own letter of support to your local representative here.
The 1200+ advocacy letters in support of SB 391-The California Homes and Jobs Act, that United Way collected at HomeWalk 2013 were delivered this month to assembly members and will soon be sent to Governor Jerry Brown. Currently, SB 391 sits in Assembly Appropriations and needs the mobilization of California constituents to apply pressure on their local assembly members to get this act passed. There has not been movement since August 2013, which means SB 391 advocates are working on a “6 Weeks of Action” which includes getting petitions signed and calling, emailing and snail mailing your local assembly persons to let them know how much we want affordable homes and jobs in California.
The act, will impose a small $75 fee on real estate transactions (excluding home sales) and will help to generate upwards of $500 million dollars to help with our housing crisis in California. This funding stream will also generate 29,000 new jobs in the construction sector as well. More homes and jobs through the California Homes and Jobs Act means less tax payer dollars towards preventing and managing homelessness at a higher cost further down the road
Thank you to all 1200+ HomeWalkers who signed the letter in support of SB 391!
Didn’t get a chance to sign the advocacy letter? Sign this petition to make homes and jobs a priority in 2014!
Additional information sessions are being held on the CES funding area specifically. For more, please click HERE.
Over 100 supporters and advocates joined United Way and Home For Good at a special screening event last night at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood!
Our kickoff screening of the documentary film, @home, was a great success helping to spread the word about homeless services and the work of Home For Good and our partners to create lasting change in LA. The film spotlights the issue of homelessness through the personal stories of people experiencing homelessness across the nation. After the film, we were honored to have a strong panel, including the subject of the film Mark Horvath, United Way supporter and volunteer Marti McFall, and Home For Good Business Leaders Task Force Co-Chair Jerry Neuman.
We would like to give a special thank you to the following supporters who helped make this night possible:
Thank you to everyone that attended the screening and for those of you that donated at the event! Check out pictures from the event on our Facebook HERE!
On Monday, March 3rd, our intern Liz Ul joined Director, Christine Marge, and Business Leaders Co-Chair Jerry Neuman the openning of a newly renovated permanent supportive housing project in South LA and brought back this review of the event and the partnerships that brought this project together.
Monday’s grand opening celebrated the successful renovation of a formerly blighted property in South Los Angeles into a 56 units of permanent supportive housing. The property which opened in August of 2013, is a mixed-use building that houses formerly, chronically homeless individuals and families. During the event, project partners urged the work to continue, highlighting that this type of successful collaboration needs to be replicated if we want to solve our homelessness crisis in Los Angeles County.
At the event, residents of the building, gave moving testimonies providing great insight into the struggles of their experience living on the streets and how their dignity, physical and mental health was restored once they had a place to call home. One resident, Sal Tovar, brought guests into his apartment with a big, “Welcome to my home!,” explaining that he hasn’t been able to say those words in many years. As Home For Good Business Leaders Task Force Co-Chair, Jerry Neuman, closed his speech, he acknowledged the struggles of the over 58,000 people, like Sal, living on our streets in LA County, and closed with an heartfelt, “Sal, you are Home For Good.”
This project was made possible by City of LA & HCID, HACLA, Housing Works, West Bay Housing Corp., the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Home For Good Funders Collaborative, Restore Neighborhoods LA and Insite Design Group. It is truly an example of a successful collaboration across sectors. Thanks again to our partners and all those in attendance to celebrate the opening and to those residents that were kind enough to share their stories!
It’s time to get social! With online platforms becoming the best way for organizations and individuals to connect & share, you can’t ignore the power of the post. Learn to maximize your efforts online through our series of webinars & coaching sessions with See3 Communications & Kindling Group.
Who Should Attend?: These trainings are perfect for social media staff and interns, as well as development and marketing staff and leadership!
Upcoming Training Webinars
Building a Social Culture (Wed, Mar 12, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT) – RSVP
Measuring Your Impact (Wed, March 19, 2014 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT) – RSVP
Social Media for Events (Wed, Apr 2, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT) – RSVP
Session #1 (Wed, Mar 5, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT) – RSVP
Session #2 (Wed, Mar 26, 2014 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT) – RSVP
Session #3 (Wed, Apr 9, 2014 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT) – RSVP