Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, City Council Members Mike Bonin, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Jose Huizar, Paul Krekorian, and Nury Martinez, United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ President and CEO, Elise Buik, and other prominent community and business leaders announced the 222 Plan today. This groundbreaking initiative calls upon each L.A. City Council Member to pledge 222 units of supportive housing in their respective districts over the next three years. That’s 3,330 units of housing that our homeless neighbors so desperately need!

This plan would get us that much closer to our goal of 10,000 units in 10 years. By taking this pledge, council members will solidify their common interest in helping people get off the streets and into homes, paving the way to promising futures.

“Today we step away from the insanity of doing the same thing and hoping for different results and instead chart our way to ending homelessness in Los Angeles,” said L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson

There are at least 25,237 people sleeping on the streets of Los Angeles on any given night, and approximately 10,753 of them are experiencing chronic homelessness. Thanks to Proposition HHH, which nearly 1 million people across Los Angeles approved in late 2016, we now have the funds needed to support construction of the buildings that will house so many of those suffering in homelessness.

“We are thrilled to work alongside Council President Wesson in this ambitious plan of action,” said Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “Our homeless neighbors need real homes to survive and thrive and supportive housing gives them the best chance. Bringing our elected officials together in this manner is another step forward in our fight to end homelessness throughout L.A. County.”

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