It is a record breaking year for the Home For Good Funders Collaborative!
The Home For Good Funders Collaborative is a core group of local public and private funding and policy leaders, including the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Weingart Foundation, LA County Departments of Mental Health & Health Services, Housing Authority of the City of LA, Veterans Administration of Greater LA and many more (listed below). In its third year of funding, permanent supportive housing and systematic solutions to homelessness in LA, major public and private funders came together this year to coordinate a record $213 million to support 24 organizations and expand regional efforts around Coordinated Entry System (CES). As Steve Hilton, President & CEO of the Hilton Foundation stated, “We believe the implementation of the Coordinated Entry System throughout the county will have a dramatic and rapid impact on chronic and veteran homelessness in every corner of the L.A. region.” Coordinated Entry System began last year in Skid Row with a community-led pilot with support from Community Solutions and Rapid Results Institute, and grew to 7 communities throughout the county incorporating over 60 organizations in the last year. The Collaborative’s support will help this community-designed and policy-supported system of change, continue to expand to include all areas of LA county and all populations in need of housing and supportive services.
Additionally, the grants of the Funders Collaborative will ensure that 1,400 new individuals are permanently housed with all of the support services they need to be successful. These housing opportunities will offer support for up to 15 years of housing and support for those who need it most.
Funders Collaborative Members:
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, United Way of Greater LA, Weingart Foundation, Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation, Jewish Community Foundation LA, California Community Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, Cedars-Sinai, Kaiser Permanente, UniHealth Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, Corporation for Supportive Housing
City of Pasadena, Housing Authority of the City of LA, LA Community Investment Department, LA County Housing Authority, LA County Departments of Mental Health & Health Services, Veterans Administration of Greater LA, LA County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe
2014-2015 Funded Partners: A Community of Friends, Antelope Valley Domestic Violence Council, Ascencia, Clifford Beers Housing, Door of Hope, Downtown Women’s Center, Emotional Health Association (SHARE!), Harbor Interfaith Services Inc, Homeless Health Care LA, L.A.F.H. Temporary Housing Corporation, Lamp Inc, Mental Health America of LA, Mercy Housing California, Ocean Park Community Center, Our Place Housing Solutions, Path Venture, PATH, SFV Community Mental Health Center, SRO Housing Corporation, Skid Row Housing Trust, Special Services Groups (HOPICS), St Joseph Center, Step Up on Second, Union Station Homeless Services
On Wednesday, July 16, it was a historic moment for veterans across the country when First Lady Michelle Obama and United Way of Greater Los Angeles reaffirmed our commitment to ending veteran homelessness and unemployment in Los Angeles County at our Unite For Veterans Summit.
(Click on the photo to watch the Vets Summit recap video)
To date, we’ve helped move 14,000 homeless veterans into permanent housing and secured jobs for 9,000 veterans. These vets are people like Marva who ended up homeless, Matthew who suffered from severe trauma, and last but not least, Jim, who had no one to turn to. Fortunately, each of them are now on a stable path and have a safe place to call home.
But our work is just beginning.
Los Angeles will soon be home to an estimated 60,000 post-9/11 veterans in the next few years. Our goal is to ensure these honorable service men and women are able to successfully transition into fulfilling careers and lives.
Join us in making a pledge to be #United4Vets. Publicly share your support with a tweet or email us at email@example.com to help veterans in need.
With the help of our generous corporate leaders, we are building a better Los Angeles. We regularly highlight our top corporate leaders and salute them for helping us create pathways out of poverty. United Way of Greater Los Angeles extends a huge thanks to these leaders and corporations working with us to permanently break the cycle of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors: families, children, veterans and the homeless.
United Way and Our Friends in the Antelope Valley
Kneeling Left to Right: Jeff Rosane, Stacie Rosane, John Porter, Josh Fullwood Standing Left to Right: Christine Beardsley, Ryan Beardsley, Sue Porter, KaBoom, Mike Perkins, Julie Elliott, Jeff Elliott, Ariana
Thank you to the outstanding team at Rio Tinto, who generously provided skybox tickets to a minor league baseball game on Sunday, July 20 for Antelope Valley’s own Lancaster JetHawks! Thanks to the folks at Rio Tinto, Sue Porter and Stacie Rosane from the United Way were able to share a fun day out at the ballpark with our friends from the Palmdale School District as the JetHawks defeated the Modesto Nuts by a final score of 5 to 2.
Similar to how the JetHawks represent the town’s long standing association with the aerospace industry, United Way of Greater Los Angeles is thrilled to have partners like Rio Tinto and Palmdale School District that step up to the plate to represent and fight for the members of our community that are living in poverty. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of so many all throughout our Greater Los Angeles area and together, we will break the cycle of poverty in Los Angeles County!
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.