10,000+ Voices in the #Fight4Homeless


In just one week’s time, over 10,000 Californians signed a petition calling on Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in California, due to the pervasive and deepening homelessness crisis. The letter with 11,370 signatures was delivered to the Governor on Monday evening. The petition’s comments resonate with compassion, frustration, idealism and moral indignation. Supporters’ reasons for signing the petition are as varied as California itself. To scroll through the hundreds of comments posted is to encounter those who are currently or formerly homeless, or desperately worried about loved ones and fellow human beings living without a roof over their heads. Some say they’re frightened, heartbroken, moved to action or overwhelmed by what they see around them in their communities. They all agree– enough is enough.

On any given night in Los Angeles County, there are nearly 47,000 homeless people, including 6,000 parents and their children. Nearly two-thirds live in the City of Los Angeles. Statewide, there are more than 115,000 homeless people – 21% of the entire nation’s homeless population.

From Compton to Coronado, Santa Fe Springs to San Francisco, Long Beach to Lompoc, more than 10,000 people in Los Angeles County and throughout the state realize there is a crisis of homelessness. The Board of Supervisors, acting on a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl, voted unanimously to urge the governor to declare a state of emergency.

“I’d like to invite him (Gov. Brown) down to Los Angeles,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas in an interview with the LA Times while visiting Sacramento this week, his fourth trip in four weeks regarding homelessness.

The Board of Supervisors is seeking a resolution from the Assembly and Senate urging the governor to take action.

“I strongly believe that we have a historic opportunity to act now,” said the Supervisor in a letter to the governor following his second trip to Sacramento. “I again invite you to tour with me..” he said in a follow up letter June 23.

“Join me on social media,” said the Supervisor. “Tell the governor who you are, and invite him to see homelessness for himself.”

L.A. County residents from various professions have responded and invited the governor for a firsthand look at the crisis.

“Governor, I’m a surgical technician. We need to work some surgery on homelessness. Visit LA and see for yourself,” wrote one resident on Facebook.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas voiced the urgency on behalf of thousands of Californians. Here are some voices in the conversation. Some of the comments have been condensed.

“Governor, I’m a surgical technician. We need to work some surgery on homelessness.  Visit LA and see for yourself,” wrote one resident on Facebook.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas voiced the urgency on behalf of thousands of Californians. Here are some voices in the conversation. Some of the comments have been condensed.


“I’m signing this because I am my brother’s keeper.”

Ricardo Hernandez, West Covina, CA

“Everyone should have a home.”
Penelope Tafoya, Sacramento, CA

“This is absolutely shameful. The homelessness crisis is a disgrace to our supposedly advanced society…It’s EVERYBODY’S problem.”
Laura Sakoi, Sacramento, CA

“Humans help humans.”
Gilbert Medina, Montebello, CA

“I believe in saving lives.”
Dorothy Edwards, Pasadena, CA


“My faith, Judaism, requires me to do so.”

Jonathan Klein, Los Angeles, CA

“Having a home is everyone’s God-given right.”
Ann Dufour, Sacramento, CA

“It’s too much, dude, it’s just too much. People need places to live.”
Rosemarie Grantham, San Jose, CA

“I’m signing this because WE ARE THE CHANGE.”
Ruby Roxana Escobar, Los Angeles, CA

“I feel like I take my life in my hands every time I walk down the street in Hollywood. There are too many mentally ill homeless here…I have a young child, and I hate having her exposed to this.”
Lynne Felderman, Hollywood, CA


“This is disgraceful that we can’t do better. We are smarter and kinder than this.”

Kathryn Proctor, Encino, CA

“I have a homeless granddaughter with 2 little girls, ages 9 months and 2 years.”
Cylinda King, Compton, CA

“Kids need a home.”
Alex Mejia, Los Angeles, CA

“Los Angeles is big enough to house everyone.”
Rebecca Gray, Glendale, CA

“I’ve never felt so overwhelmed and so disgusted that one of the biggest economies on earth can allow this to happen to its citizens.”
Sandra Bonaparte, South Pasadena, CA


“No one should be homeless in this great land of wealth.”

Mayisha Akbar, Compton, CA

“I have seen the homeless crisis grow and change in San Francisco, and I have seen its impact on the elderly, the disabled, children, and people of color.”
Jessica Gibbs, San Francisco, CA

“I could be next.”
Talitha James, Los Angeles, CA

“I am human.”
Lois Blomdal, Compton, CA

“If brotherly love doesn’t move you, consider the tax dollar savings.”
Jed Pauker, Venice, CA


“How can we accept that this situation is occurring in America?”

Bettina Gantsweg, Marina del Rey, CA

“Being homeless is cruel and unusual punishment.”
Marylouise Oates, Los Angeles, CA

“I am lucky to have a home but there are so many innocent people who do not. Please help our most vulnerable and by doing so, raise us all up.”
Sharon Sekhon, Los Angeles, CA

“Homelessness can happen to anyone—you and me included.”
Veronica Perez, Los Angeles, CA

“I have been homeless.”
Kecia Oakley, Vacaville, CA


“Homelessness is a crime against humanity.”

Christopher Bratten, West Hollywood, CA

“Homelessness is a killer. People are dying in the streets.”
Christina Miller, Canoga Park, CA

“Because enough is enough! It’s time to stop putting band aids on this problem and provide the resources for a real solution.”
Sandi Cook, Los Angeles, CA

“When I see a person experiencing homelessness, I wonder what contribution, talent or skill that the world is missing out on.”
Leticia Colchado, West Covina, CA

“Because we never know what tomorrow brings us.”
Nazaret Ramirez, Los Angeles, CA