WE WALKED THE WALK AND SAID #YESTOHOUSING!
On November 28, 2017, nearly 10,000 people came out to support United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ 11th annual HomeWalk 5K! As the only 5K family run/walk dedicated to raising public awareness and funds to end homelessness in L.A. County, HomeWalk is truly an event that brings Angelenos together.
Thousands showed up in force to give a voice to the voiceless and show that we can end homelessness when we all say #YEStoHousing! If you haven't yet, please take this pledge to show your support.
The event kicked off with special appearances by Elise Buik (United Way of Greater Los Angeles, President and CEO), Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Eric Dickerson (Los Angeles Rams Hall of Famer), Jon Huertas (star on NBC's This Is Us), Seamus Dever (star on ABC's Castle), as well as other elected and city leaders. Presenting Sponsor representative Peter Laugharn of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and VIP Sponsor representatives Kelli Bernard of AECOM and Cinny Kennard of the Annenberg Foundation were also among supporters who raised funds and walked to end homelessness.
This year's top individual fundraiser was Lisa Alexander from SoCalGas, and the top team fundraiser was SoCalGas with more than $108,000 in contributions. Over the past ten years, HomeWalk has raised over $7.6 million, which directly helped to bring 18,000 of our homeless neighbors home for good. This year's HomeWalk raised more than $1 million, thanks in part to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Challenge which matched every $5,000 a person or team raised with another $5,000.
"United Way has been leading the fight to end homelessness in L.A. County and we remain deeply committed to continuing that fight until all of our homeless neighbors have a safe and permanent home," said Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. "It's time for everyone to say yes to housing because while we might have an unprecedented amount of funds to build permanent supportive housing, thanks to Prop HHH and Measure H, we can't actually build them without everyone's support."
This year's HomeWalk came on the heels of the passage of Prop HHH and Measure H, which will bring $4.7 billion for building supportive housing and homeless services in Los Angeles County over the next ten years. During the event, United Way also announced its Yes to Housing initiative. Yes to Housing is a countywide campaign that will partner with community leaders to build momentum for proposed supportive housing, which is critical to ending chronic homelessness.
Our fight to end homelessness is just beginning. There are currently more than 57,000 individuals, families, and veterans suffering from homelessness in Los Angeles County of which only 27% live in Metro Los Angeles.
Please continue to say YES to Housing and support the most vulnerable neighbors in our communities. Learn more at homewalk.unitedwayla.org/yestohousing.
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