Sue, Formerly Homeless Community Member

Many individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County are employed or looking for work, in addition to dealing with the burden of living without housing. This Labor Day, United Way of Greater Los Angeles is creating awareness around the working homeless population by sharing information and advocating for donations towards ending homelessness.

75% of our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness for the first time are homeless due to the loss of a job or other catastrophic event.*

While many of us can relate to the challenges of finding a new job, we may not realize how much harder it is to seek employment without a clean wardrobe, a shower or a safe place to sleep at night.

“Homelessness is a full time gig. Where are you going to sleep? Where are you going to eat?...” says Sue, a previously homeless community member.

United Way is working to provide a perspective that helps the community consider these challenges and recognize our homeless neighbors that are already part of the workforce. This Labor Day, we’re bringing everyone in to acknowledge these individuals and make a donation that will help give all of our neighbors a place to call home.

Visit for more information about how you can help the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles County. Join us and help to end homelessness in L.A. County for good.

*Source: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority