United Way of Greater Los Angeles hosted a day full of sunshine and social justice as they brought the EVERYONE IN campaign to life. Held at the historic Exposition Park, EVERYONE IN | South L.A. was a free community event that helped attendees gain a new perspective on homelessness and the solutions needed to solve L.A. County’s most pressing issue.
Guests got to enjoy family-friendly activities, food trucks, and a virtual reality station and also got the chance to meet local non-profit organizations. Also in attendance was Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who urged the crowd to embrace the mindset that we need to get everyone into supportive housing in order to thrive as a community.
“Los Angeles County faces a crisis in respect to homelessness,” he said. “Therefore, we have to be of the mindset that everyone is in so that we can enjoy the fruits of our community.”
The event also featured the first-ever EVERYONE IN immersive experience. This unique pop-up, offered in both English and Spanish, gave participants the chance to see how supportive housing changes people’s lives for the better. After walking through the immersion tunnel, participants got to meet a formerly homeless advocate who shared her inspiring story.
“It’s important to be here,” said attendee Reba Stevens. “Either we’re talking about the problems or actually taking part in the solution and today I chose to take action.”
Homelessness is one of the most complex and vexing challenges in our community with nearly 58,000 individuals living in instability both in shelters and on the streets. It touches every neighborhood and has come to define so many lives. But with committed resources and political and community desire, Los Angeles can end the homelessness crisis.
We need to come together as a community to help all Angelenos find the support and shelter they need to live stable lives.
See how you can take part in the EVERYONE IN movement here.
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