Throngs of job seekers attended the first of many job fairs aimed at creating a robust workforce to tackle the crisis of homelessness across Los Angeles County.
At the recent Homeless Services Provider Job Fair at Los Angeles City Hall, 33 private nonprofit organizations sought to fill 995 positions, ranging from entry-level outreach workers to executive directors. Their salaries will be funded through Measure H, a ¼-cent sales tax approved by voters in March to raise $355 million annually for services to the homeless.
“Measure H is creating opportunities for people from all walks of life who are looking for work, and who want to be part of the solution,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the driving force behind the ballot initiative.
“Thanks to Measure H, our nonprofit partners are finally able to hire the staff needed to scale up their response to the homeless crisis,” he added. “Measure H is a jobs program for people at all levels of education and expertise, including people who have experienced homelessness.”
“Each person hired through this job fair will play a critical role in keeping vulnerable Angelenos from falling into homelessness, and helping people who are on our streets get back on their feet,” added Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, who hosted the event. “Today, organizations have the resources they need to staff up and amplify their efforts to help end this crisis.”
More job fairs are planned over the coming months. Those seeking employment can also apply online at https://www.lahsa.org/jobs for the following positions:
- Direct Service/Entry Level: Case Managers, Outreach Workers, Employment Specialists, Administrative and Finance Staff, and more;
- Management/Supervisory Level: Program Managers and Directors, Supervisors, Coordinators, and more;
- Professional Level: Those with advanced degrees such as Masters of Social Work, Masters of Public Policy, Masters of Public Health and Licensed Clinical Social Worker;
- Executive Level: Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
1,000 Workers to Help the Homeless