“We have the model and we built alignment, so the missing factor was dollars for us to be able to scale this solution. I have lived in Los Angeles for 25 years and it is my home. I have never been more proud of our community than this past year when we passed Measure HHH in the City of Los Angeles and Proposition H in the County of Los Angeles”

- Elise Buik, CEO and President UWGLA

Last November, voters overwhelmingly passed Prop HHH and even more recently, approved Measure H this past March, respectively securing $1.2 billion for permanent supportive housing and hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to supportive services. These two great victories marked a bright and stable future for the 47,000 homeless Angelenos. But, now what?

Voters, community leaders, and city officials gathered for an event called “The Voters Have Spoken: Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles,” hosted by Town Hall Los Angeles, to discuss next steps in paving the future for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable residents. Elise Buik, CEO and President of UWGLA, took to the stage to discuss the missing link in ending homelessness: Prop HHH and Measure H.

The homeless crisis in L.A. County needs to be approached holistically. And with the passing of Prop HHH and Measure H, according to Elise Buik, we now have a formula to help eradicate poverty at its root. Aligned with the support of the business community and government organizations, L.A. County can scale solutions already in place by continuing to provide permanent housing and giving people access to key services such as healthcare and job training. United, we can ensure that every child, family, individual, and veteran has a home to go to every night for years to come.

Experts and advocates who joined Elise Buik included:

  • Bill Pitkin, Director of Domestic Programs at Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

  • Phil Ansell, Director at LA County Homeless Initiative

  • Va Lecia Adams, President and CEO at St. Joseph Center

  • Alisa Orduna, Homelessness Policy Director at the Office of Mayor Garcetti

  • Vicky Vickers, SpeakUp! Program Advocate