Today, the Los Angeles City Council confirmed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s appointment of Elise Buik, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Board of Commissioners. The LAHSA Commission has the authority to make budgetary, funding, planning and program policies for over $80 million in federal funding that comes to the region.
As President & CEO of United Way, Elise has been a thought leader in ending homelessness in Los Angeles County. Her vision and knowledge that homelessness need not exist prompted the organization’s launch of HomeWalk, partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, formation of the Business Leader’s Task Force on Homelessness, and ultimately, creation of Home For Good. Elise champions the needs of homeless individuals throughout our region, and prioritizes permanent housing with links to supportive services as the most critical solution to homelessness. As Mayor Villaraigosa stated, "serving on the Commission will give [Elise] the platform to create solutions on how to give the most vulnerable Angelenos the proper services and housing they need to get them back on their feet."
Congratulations, Commissioner Buik!
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