The Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness has launched its action plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. County by 2016. Home For Good is a blueprint for creating a cost-effective and efficient system that will end homelessness by focusing on permanent housing with support services. A campaign to implement the plan will begin at United Way’s HomeWalk on November 13, when thousands of walkers will pledge their commitment by urging their elected officials to support the plan.
Recently the L.A. Times ran a series of articles profiling Project 50.As a result, questions have been asked about whether permanent supportive housing works. The answer is yes. Data shows that 80% of people in permanent supportive housing stay off the streets for good.
Read the Los Angeles Times articles
Read the response by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s blog, Why Project 50 Saves Lives
Send a letter to your Supervisor to show your support
United Way joined partners including the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Bank of America in Washington D.C. for the launch of the 100,000 Homes Campaign. This grassroots movement, led by nonprofit Common Ground, is bringing together communities to find housing for their most vulnerable homeless people. Long Beach, Venice and Hollywood are among those who have already signed on to the campaign. The ultimate goal is to provide 100,000 homes for 100,000 homeless people by July 2013.
Click here to learn more and watch a video of volunteers talking about their experiences in Hollywood.