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United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Winners of $5 million in funding announced earlier this year by United Way’s Home For Good Funders Collaborative will be on hand to share their progress on high-quality, low-cost, scalable housing solutions in this innovative supportive housing showcase
Los Angeles, CA – On Thursday, November 7, United Way of Greater Los Angeles will showcase the 16 winners of its Accelerating Permanent Supportive Housing (APSH)‘ competition to build awareness and support for innovative high-quality, low-cost, scalable housing solutions to our homelessness crisis. The showcase begins at 6:30 p.m. at Playa Studios, 11260 Playa Court, Culver City.
Wells Fargo is sponsoring the evening‘s event and additional key competition funders include the California Community Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Spiegel Family Fund, Weingart Foundation and Wells Fargo.
Event speakers include the 2019 APSH contest winners: Becky Dennison, executive director, Venice Community Housing Corporation; Tom De Simone, president and CEO, Genesis LA; Cristian Ahumada, executive director, Clifford Beers Housing; and Sami Abdelatif, director of housing development, Brilliant Corners. Other speakers during the evening include United Way of Greater Los Angeles‘ Elise Buik, president and CEO and Chris Ko, managing director, Homelessness and Strategic Initiatives.
Elise Buik will also have a conversation on stage with Evan Spiegel, Spiegel Family Fund, about the role the private and philanthropic sectors can play in ending homelessness—the Spiegel Family Fund was one of the key supporters of the competition.
"Homes ends homelessness‘ is our mantra,” said Buik.―These 16 competition winners demonstrate that we are finding, funding and partnering with innovative housing entrepreneurs to end homelessness by challenging conventional wisdom and pushing for innovation,” Buik added.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to support and celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of the 16 winning teams who have demonstrated that it is possible to build quality affordable housing quickly and cost-effectively. We look forward to seeing the positive impact that these innovative teams will have in our Los Angeles community," Spiegel said.
Each of the 2019 award winners met goals for creativity, cost and construction time reduction, achievability and scalability for their new housing concepts. Their collective investments are in projects that are less expensive and built faster than conventional housing development, without sacrificing high quality, sustainable property management and service delivery to meet the needs of high acuity tenants. The housing solutions support the success of promising supportive housing concepts that efficiently and effectively leverage public or private financing.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles has a long history of using philanthropic dollars to catalyze change, test and take new ideas to scale. Examples of United Way‘s critical housing work include their Home For Good Funders Collaborative,EVERYONE IN Campaign, Coordinated Entry System, and policy leadership successful in passing County Measure H and LA City Proposition HHH, bringing unprecedented resources to LA for housing solutions and homeless services. Since voters passed United Way of Greater Los Angeles-backed Measures H and Proposition HHH, there has been exponential progress with 21,631 people placed into permanent housing last year—more than double since 2014.
About-United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Home for Good Funders Collaborative and EVERYONE IN:
United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization fighting to end homelessness and poverty by providing students with support needed to graduate high school prepared for college and the workforce, providing housing for our homeless neighbors, and helping hardworking families become financially stable. United Way identifies the root causes of poverty and works strategically to solve them by building alliances across all sectors, funding targeted programs and advocating for change.
In 2011, United Way of Greater Los Angeles created the Home for Good Funders Collaborative to pool and align public and private resources to end homelessness. Sparked by a $1 million challenge grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Collaborative gathered local funders to invest private dollars to test and prove housing solutions that could be scaled and sustained through public resources.
Powered by United Way of Greater Los Angeles beginning in 2018, EVERYONE IN is a countywide initiative bringing together leaders and voices across L.A. County to keep the best solutions to end homelessness moving forward by creating ways for the public to get involved; tracking, measuring and sharing progress; and lifting up successes and celebrating wins.