Organized by the nonprofit United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the event raised more than $1 million, and kicked off the “Yes to Housing” campaign to build public support around potential sites for permanent supportive housing.
“It’s time to say yes to permanent solutions that will get people off the streets and inside, to safety and security,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas told the cheering crowd gathered at Grand Park. “We are going to build housing and rebuild lives all over Los Angeles County.”
“United Way has been leading the fight to end homelessness in L.A. County and we remain deeply committed to continuing that fight until all of our homeless neighbors have a safe and permanent home,” said United Way president and CEO Elise Buik. “It’s time for everyone to say ‘yes’ to housing because while we might have an unprecedented amount of funds to build permanent supportive housing, thanks to Prop HHH and Measure H, we can’t actually build them without everyone’s support.”
This year’s HomeWalk comes on the heels of the passage of Prop HHH and Measure H, which will bring billions for building permanent supportive housing and homeless services.
Currently, more than 57,000 individuals, families, and veterans are homeless in LA County on any given day.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as other elected and city leaders, also took part in the event, along with LA Rams Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, and actors Jon Huertas Seamus Dever and Cameron Boyce.
Over the past ten years, HomeWalk has raised over $7.6 million, which directly helped to bring 18,000 of our homeless neighbors home for good. This year’s HomeWalk raised more than $1 million, thanks in part to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Challenge – which matched every $5,000 a person or team raised with another $5,000.