Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas lauded Supervisor Sheila Kuehl for recognizing Steven M. Hilton for his philanthropy as leader of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
“Thank you, Supervisor Kuehl, for allowing me to join you in recognizing Steve Hilton today. On behalf of the Second District, I would like to add my gratitude to Steve Hilton.
“The Second District has been fortunate to partner with the Hilton Foundation on several occasions over the last few years.
“Back in 2012, my office provided the seed money for the County’s Department of Health (DHS) Services Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool that triggered the Hilton matching dollars for the initial investment.
“Hilton’s bold investment, coupled with Second District discretionary funds, laid the foundation for the DHS’ Housing for Health Division.
“Los Angeles County now provides $5 million a year towards the Flexible Housing Subsidy, and the DHS Housing for Health Division has housed 1,300 people.
“Steve has also been an early supporter of the Pay for Success pilot initiative that the County is finally preparing to launch.
“Pay for Success targets about-to-be-released inmates at risk of homelessness, and shows that we can dramatically reduce rates of recidivism by providing targeted supportive services. This type of innovative approach laid the foundation of our County’s broader diversion initiative.
“Even though he is stepping down as President and CEO, he will remain as Chairman of the Foundation.
“If we are to make a dent, it will take all of us – public, private and community – working together. The good news is that we can count on the Hilton Foundation to do that.
“Steve, I am grateful for your steadfast, inspiring and innovative leadership, and I wish you Godspeed as you travel around the world and embark on this new journey. I hear you are writing a book that describes your experiences in philanthropy – I look forward to reading it.”