Creating Pathways Out of Poverty
Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to permanently break the cycle of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors: families, students, veterans and the homeless.
Did You Know That In Los Angeles County:
- 1 in 5 of our children lives in poverty?
- 58,423 people are homeless, 6,955 are veterans?
- Only 71% of students graduate in L.A. County; 61% at LAUSD?
Be A United Way Community Hero and Create Pathways Out of Poverty for Every Man, Woman and Child in Los Angeles County!
United Way’s Creating Pathways Out of Poverty plan combats poverty at its roots- lack of education, homelessness and financial instability and focuses on long-term solutions. We do this by working side-by-side with public, private and non-profit sectors to tackle the root causes of poverty in a holistic and sustainable manner. We build on programs and strategies with a proven success rate affecting a greater number of our neighbors and communities. And we use advocacy and public policy to change the ineffective systems that sustain the cycle of poverty.
Due to your investment of money, time and your voice we are already making progress in reaching our goals to end homelessness, increase graduation rates and improve financial stability for all in L.A. County.
Our 10-Year Plan to Create Pathways Out of Poverty
- In our education work, our goal is to increase the LAUSD high school graduation rate to a minimum of 85%, ensuring all students graduate prepared for college and the workforce.
- In our housing work, our goal is to decrease homelessness in Los Angeles County by 75%, with a focus on eliminating veteran homelessness by 2015 and chronic homelessness by 2016.
- In our financial stability work, our goal is to provide opportunities and supports for financial stability and upward mobility for individuals and families at risk of poverty.
- For post-9/11 veterans, our goal is to reduce unemployment 50% by placing 5,400 veterans in jobs by 2017
- For low-income families, our goal is to provide asset building services to 10,000 households by 2017, with an emphasis on those with school-age children.