Linda, who uses a wheelchair, sleeps every night outside the Santa Monica Library in the cold and the rain. Arien, who sleeps in a tent under a bridge, says she feels lucky when she wakes up and hasn’t been robbed, and talks about how hard it is to get a job when she has no shower and no phone. Their stories about surviving on the streets are both heartbreaking and inspirational.
Pledge to vote YES on Measure H on the March 7 ballot to help end homelessness now--and encourage others to do the same!
LA has become one of the least affordable housing markets in the nation and it’s causing a massive homeless crisis in nearly every city in LA County. There are 47,000 people sleeping on the streets on any given night, including women and young children, seniors, veterans, foster kids, the mentally ill, people with disabilities, and those struggling with addiction. Homelessness in LA County has increased nearly 20% in the past 4 years and it’s time to do something about it.
Homelessness is an extraordinarily complex problem that requires collaboration among cities, public agencies and community partners. LA County started planning a coordinated Homeless Initiative in 2015 with 47 strategies including mental health counseling, job training, substance abuse treatment, help with rent, expanded outreach, rapid re-housing, more affordable housing and improved case management. Measure H on the March 7 ballot would provide $350 million annually toward these service for 10 years beginning in July.
LA County could become the first community in America to vote to end homelessness--and to put our money where our hearts are! How cool is that?!
Please join us! #fight4homeless! #YesOnH! Pledge to vote.
You can listen to interviews with both Linda and Arien at invisiblepeople.tv, a website that provides a space where people who are homeless can tell their stories. Visit the #YesOnH website for more info about the Measure H campaign.