United Way #EveryoneIn Campaign Rallies to End Homelessness

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This article originally appeared on Streetsblog L.A.

The #EveryoneIn campaign coalition seeks to end homelessness in L.A. County. Photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

This morning in Echo Park, hundreds of people rallied to launch the “Everyone In” campaign to end homeless across L.A. County. The Everyone In campaign brings together a coalition including city, county, philanthropy, labor, business, faith, and community organization leaders to step up efforts for permanent solutions to homelessness.

Rally speakers included L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas, and more than a dozen others – from formerly homeless people, to folks on the front lines in working with homeless people, to celebrities.

United Way L.A. CEO Elise Buik speaking at this morning’s Everyone In campaign rally. Photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Leading the coalition is the The United Way of Greater Los Angeles, whose CEO Elise Buik outlined key goals of the Everyone In education and organizing campaign:

  • Ending homelessness for 45,000 people
  • Preventing homelessness for 30,000 people
  • Approving 5,000 units of supportive housing by July 2022

The campaign further seeks to get the public involved, and to track, measure, and share progress by monitoring the projects and programs funded via recent successful ballot initiatives Proposition HHH and Measure H. Approved by L.A. City voters in 2016, Proposition HHH is a $1.2 billion homeless housing and facilities bond. Approved by L.A. County voters in 2017, Measure H is a ten-year quarter-cent sales tax to go to county services to prevent homelessness and to support supportive and long-term housing services for homeless.

Actor John Huertas spoke of the need to “make this personal” urging attendees to get to know your neighbors, whether in homes or homeless, and to focus on addressing the roots of the homeless crisis.

Today’s rally featured this oversized door sculpture, created by artist Rob Reynolds. Photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

To learn more and/or get involved with the Everyone In campaign, visit the United Way Everyone In website.

Joe Linton
Joe Lintonhttp://la.streetsblog.org
Joe Linton is editor of Los Angeles Streetsblog. He is also a longtime urban environmental activist. His main areas of interest have been restoring the Los Angeles River and fostering bicycling for everyday transportation. He’s worked for many Los Angeles livability non-profits, including Friends of the L.A. River, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, C.I.C.L.E., Livable Places, and CicLAvia. He also served as deputy to Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes.

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