You may have heard that LA County’s 2018 Homeless Count numbers were released today. This was the first time in four years that we did not see an increase, and that gives me hope. We also see the scope of the ongoing challenge we face each day on streets, alleys, and underpasses across LA County.
Last year’s passage of Measure H was a powerful statement of compassion by the citizens of LA County. It also provided a set of marching orders. Voters provided resources to better match the crisis on our streets. Now we all expect to see changes as a result of this new investment. Since the passage of Measure H, St. Joseph has done everything we can to respond with empathy and action.
Outreach is a perfect example of how Measure H is helping St. Joseph Center get more boots on the ground. Two years ago we performed less than 5,000 hours of street outreach. This year we’re on track to provide 35,000 hours of street outreach across the Westside and other parts of the County—a sevenfold increase thanks to Measure H.
The goal of outreach work is the get people off the street, and we’re increasing our success at that as well. Last year our staff moved more than 650 people off the street, and many of them went into permanent housing. This year we expect to help many more, especially as additional Bridge Housing options become available.
This is where you come in — one of the most important things you can do is let elected representatives and your neighbors know that you support the creation of temporary and permanent housing in your local community.
We all need to work together to end homelessness in Los Angeles. Many small steps will lead to the big impact we need, in the same way that many voices together can make a big noise. We need your voices now.
Va Lecia Adams Kellum, Ph.D.
President & CEO
P.S. Please visit the Everyone In website to learn more about new housing initiatives throughout the County and to learn how you can get involved. We also invite you to join us June 20 for an evening of storytelling to hear from people who have been impacted by homelessness in Venice; learn more and RSVP here.
Our mission is to provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.
St. Joseph Center | 204 Hampton Drive, Venice, CA 90291
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